PIA13948: South Polar Surface
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey
Spacecraft: 2001 Mars Odyssey
Instrument: THEMIS
Product Size: 938 x 2772 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Arizona State University
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Having seen "thumbprint" terrain a few days ago, here is a THEMIS VIS image of "swiss cheese" terrain. Sometimes simple terms like these can accurately describe the appearance of a surface, but it does not relate at all to how that surface texture may have formed.

Orbit Number: 40660 Latitude: -86.4502 Longitude: 287.016 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2011-02-13 05:35

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.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/ASU

Image Addition Date:
2011-03-29