It is early springtime in the southern hemisphere of Mars in this image from NASA's Mars Odyssey. The south polar cap is now illuminated by the sun and the surface can be studied as it changes with the passage of spring.

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It is early springtime in the southern hemisphere of Mars. The south polar cap is now illuminated by the sun and we can study the surface as it changes with the passage of spring.

Orbit Number: 39707 Latitude: -86.8328 Longitude: 43.8649 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2010-11-26 18:21

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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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