Cerberus Fossae Fracture
Cerberus Fossae Fracture
PSP_004006_1900  Science Theme: Tectonic Processes
This image shows part of a fracture that is approximately 800 meters (half a mile) wide. This fracture is part of a larger set of similar features that are collectively called Cerberus Fossae.

Some scientists suggest that lava, water, or both erupted from these fractures at some point in Mars' past. The presence of streamlined hills, such as those that are found in river channels on Earth, as well as lava flows, are some of the observations that lead scientists to this interpretation. Thus this fracture may be a large scale example of eruptive vents that form on volcanoes on Earth.

Written by: Chris Okubo  (1 August 2007)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_021464_1900.
Acquisition date
04 June 2007

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
276.9 km (172.1 miles)

Original image scale range
28.1 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~84 cm across are resolved

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25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Solar incidence angle
57°, with the Sun about 33° above the horizon

Solar longitude
251.1°, Northern Autumn

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North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  327.9°
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