This image taken by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey shows high canyon walls of Valles Marineris on Mars. Geologic materials that are more resistant to erosion produce cliff forming units while landslides and streaks are observed on slope units.

3D Projection onto MOLA data

Released 13 June 2003
The high canyon walls of Valles Marineris make for a striking 3-D THEMIS image. Geologic materials that are more resistant to erosion produce cliff forming units while landslides and streaks are observed on slope units. Several dust avalanches are observed in the top of the image.

Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude -4.6, Longitude 268.4 East (91.6 West). 19 meter/pixel resolution.

Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, 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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