Investigating Mars: Hebes Chasma

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

This image shows part of the western side of Hebes Chasma. The large central mesa is on the right side of the image. The smooth region in the lower left side of the image is a region of sand and sand dunes. These features indicate that winds played a part in eroding materials inside the chasma. Hebes Chasma is an enclosed basin not connected to Valles Marineris.

The Odyssey spacecraft has spent over 15 years in orbit around Mars, circling the planet more than 69000 times. It holds the record for longest working spacecraft at Mars. THEMIS, the IR/VIS camera system, has collected data for the entire mission and provides images covering all seasons and lighting conditions. Over the years many features of interest have received repeated imaging, building up a suite of images covering the entire feature. From the deepest chasma to the tallest volcano, individual dunes inside craters and dune fields that encircle the north pole, channels carved by water and lava, and a variety of other feature, THEMIS has imaged them all. For the next several months the image of the day will focus on the Tharsis volcanoes, the various chasmata of Valles Marineris, and the major dunes fields. We hope you enjoy these images!

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images. 


Image ID: 
V16841001 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2005-09-30 23:26
Fri, 2017-08-18
1024 pixels (18 km)
3648 pixels (65 km)
0.017976 km/pixel
0.018088 km/pixel


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