PIA23014: Summer at the Pole
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  2001 Mars Odyssey
 Spacecraft:  2001 Mars Odyssey
 Instrument:  THEMIS
 Product Size:  988 x 3236 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Arizona State University
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This VIS image of the south polar cap was taken during the middle of southern hemisphere summer. The surface is free of frost and the layering that makes up the cap is visible. The layers formed over thousands of years, with the seasonal influx of dust and ice.

Orbit Number: 75229 Latitude: -84.5325 Longitude: 158.478 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2018-11-29 14:47

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.

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