This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows part of Cerunius Fossae. The linear depressions are fault bounded features called graben.

June 12, 2019

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This VIS image shows part of Cerunius Fossae. The linear depressions are fault bounded features called graben. These features form from tectonic forces that are pulling apart the surface, created space for material to "slide down" along the fault.

Orbit Number: 77308 Latitude: 26.9347 Longitude: 248.025 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2019-05-19 20:27

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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