This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows an unnamed crater in the northern plains of Mars.

September 22, 2021

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Today's VIS image shows an unnamed crater in the northern plains of Mars. A large sand sheet covers the entire floor of the crater, and is creeping up the sides. The dunes in the crater appear different from other crater dunes on Mars due to the influence of ice within the sand.

Orbit Number: 85885 Latitude: 71.0732 Longitude: 308.945 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2021-04-25 02:30

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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