The complex channel in this image captured by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft is part of Olympica Fossae, and was most likely formed by the flow of lava.

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The complex channel in this VIS image is part of Olympica Fossae, and was most likely formed by the flow of lava. A windstreak in the lee of a small crater near the bottom of the image indicates winds blowing from east to west.

Orbit Number: 54246 Latitude: 24.0578 Longitude: 244.996 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2014-03-07 11:38

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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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