This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows a section of Sirenum Fossae. The linear depressions were created by tectonic forces stretching the surface.

September 08, 2020

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This VIS image shows a section of Sirenum Fossae. The linear depressions were created by tectonic forces stretching the surface. Paired faults allow blocks of the surface to slide down into the open space. The linear depressions are called graben. A small channel is visible on the lower right side of the image.

Orbit Number: 81889 Latitude: -29.5423 Longitude: 212.521 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2020-05-31 01:12

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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