Cerberus Fossae Fractures
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Cerberus Fossae Fractures
ESP_021464_1900  Science Theme: Tectonic Processes
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Cerberus Fossae is an extensive fracture system in the southern part of Elysium Planitia.

These fractures have acted as a conduit for the release of water and lava onto the surface relatively recently in Martian geologic history. Dark sediments from the trough walls are visible, as well as some subsurface layers.

This caption is based on the original science rationale.

Written by: HiRISE Science Team   (10 August 2011)

This is a stereo pair with PSP_004006_1900.

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Acquisition date
23 February 2011

Local Mars time:
15:05

Latitude (centered)
10.065°

Longitude (East)
157.617°

Range to target site
295.6 km (184.7 miles)

Original image scale range
29.6 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~89 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Equirectangular

Emission angle:
21.2°

Phase angle:
74.9°

Solar incidence angle
56°, with the Sun about 34° above the horizon

Solar longitude
242.5°, Northern Autumn

North azimuth:
97°

Sub-solar azimuth:
328.2°
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