As northern summer approaches on Mars, dunes near the pole defrost and become darker appearing as shown in this image from NASA's Mars Odyssey captured on July 8, 2010.

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As northern summer approaches on Mars, dunes near the pole defrost and become darker appearing in VIS images.

Orbit Number: 37996 Latitude: 78.9699 Longitude: 158.204 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2010-07-08 22:07

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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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