PIA23948: Spring at the South Pole
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  2001 Mars Odyssey
 Spacecraft:  2001 Mars Odyssey
 Instrument:  THEMIS
 Product Size:  494 x 1401 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Arizona State University
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Today's VIS image shows part of the south polar cap. The sun has only just risen on the south pole. It is the start of the spring season and everything is still covered in frost. As the frost sublimates (changes from solid to gas) different surface features will become apparent.

Orbit Number: 81244 Latitude: -86.5737 Longitude: 165.076 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2020-04-07 22:16

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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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