PIA24286: South Polar Cap
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  2001 Mars Odyssey
 Spacecraft:  2001 Mars Odyssey
 Instrument:  THEMIS
 Product Size:  496 x 1393 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Arizona State University
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This VIS image shows part of the south polar cap. The cap was created over millions of years with deposition of ice and dust during different seasons, creating the layering seen in the image. This image was taken during the summer season at the south pole. The south polar cap of Mars is called Australe Planum.

Orbit Number: 83764 Latitude: -84.2566 Longitude: 154.375 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2020-11-01 10:09

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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