The unusual texture in this image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft is located on the plains of Elysium Planitia. The surface appears to be layered. The top layer has parallel, linear hills and channels.

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The unusual texture in today's VIS image is located on the plains of Elysium Planitia. The surface appears to be layered. The top layer has parallel, linear hills and channels. This top layer is being eroded to expose the surface beneath.

Orbit Number: 45558 Latitude: 5.78961 Longitude: 172.764 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2012-03-22 12:00

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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