Mars' Ophir Region in Color Infrared
This false-color infrared image from NASA's Mars Odyssey was acquired
over the region of Ophir and Candor Chasma in Valles Marineris at
approximately 5 degress south latitude, 287 degrees east longitude. The
image was constructed using thermal infrared imaging system filters
centered at 6.3, 7.4, and 8.7 micrometers. The color differences in this
image represent compositional differences in the rocks, sediments, and dust
that occur in this region of Mars.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of
Technology in Pasadena, manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for
NASA's Office of Space Science in Washington, D.C. Investigators at Arizona
State University in Tempe, the University of Arizona in Tucson and NASA's
Johnson Space Center, Houston, operate the science instruments. Additional
science partners are located at the Russian Aviation and Space Agency and
at Los Alamos National Laboratories, New Mexico. Lockheed Martin
Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the project, and developed
and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from
Lockheed Martin and from JPL.
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University.