This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows two linear depressions which are part of Cerberus Fossae.

July 08, 2019

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The two linear depressions at the bottom of today's VIS image are part of Cerberus Fossae. The features are termed graben and are formed by crustal extension that allows material to subside between paired tectonic faults. The straight sides and uniform depths are indications that these are tectonic features rather than channels caused by fluid erosion.

Orbit Number: 77361 Latitude: 9.90217 Longitude: 161.214 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2019-05-24 05:06

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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