Hephaestus Fossae

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

This VIS image is located in the northern portion of Hephaestus Fossae. Hephaestus Fossae is a complex channel system in Utopia Planitia near Elysium Mons. It has been proposed that the channels formed by the release of melted subsurface ice during the impact event that created a large crater southeast of this image. Additionally, the nearby Elysium volcanic center created subsurface heating that may have played a part in creating both Hephaestus Fossae and Hebrus Valles to the north. The right angle intersections indicate there is tectonic activity in the region. Hephaestus Fossae is a very complex set of features.

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Image ID: 
V95556003 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2023-06-30 09:18
Fri, 2024-01-19
512 pixels (19 km)
1824 pixels (67 km)
0.036831 km/pixel
0.0373468 km/pixel


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