The dissected appearing surface in this image captured by NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft is called Hyperboreus Labyrinthus, located just south of Mars' north polar cap. The linear depressions are most likely caused by tectonic stress.

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The dissected appearing surface in this VIS image is called Hyperboreus Labyrinthus and is located just south of the north polar cap. The linear depressions are most likely caused by tectonic stress rather than be carved by water.

Orbit Number: 46291 Latitude: 80.7714 Longitude: 298.988 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2012-05-21 19:37

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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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