Today's VIS image shows part of the extensive lava flows that comprise Daedalia Planum. These flows originate at Arsia Mons, the southernmost of the three large aligned volcanoes in the Tharsis region of Mars. The different surface textures relate to properties like viscosity and temperature of the molten lava as it flowed and then cooled into solid rock.
Orbit Number: 81052 Latitude: -21.9464 Longitude: 238.195 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2020-03-23 03:13
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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.