This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows the center of Syrtis Major Planum. At the top of the image is Nili Patera, a volcanic summit.

April 05, 2019

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This VIS image is located in the center of Syrtis Major Planum. At the top of the image is Nili Patera, a volcanic summit. The sand dunes located near Nili Patera are visible on the left side of the image. The bottom of the image is just west of Meroe Patera. Dunes located between Nili and Meroe are visible towards the bottom of the image. Winds in the region have created the dunes, but also many windstreaks on the downward side of craters in the image. Wind streaks indicate the direction of the wind. In this region the winds are blowing from east to west.

The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a false color image. These false color images may reveal subtle variations of the surface not easily identified in a single band image.

Orbit Number: 62072 Latitude: 7.99408 Longitude: 67.5512 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2015-12-11 18:39

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images.

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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NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

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