This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows part of Sacra Mensa, a large mesa located between the north and south channels of Kasei Valles.

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This VIS image shows part of Sacra Mensa, a large mesa located between the north and south channels of Kasei Valles. The linear feature at the top of the image is one of the many graben found in the mesa and surrounding highlands. Graben are formed by the downward motion of a block of material between paired tectonic faults. Sacra Mensa rises 3 km (almost 2 miles) above Kasei Valles.

Orbit Number: 79203 Latitude: 26.0793 Longitude: 294.1 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2019-10-22 21:34

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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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