The pitted appearance of the south polar cap ice in this image from NASA's Mars Odyssey is similar to the appearance of a slice of swiss cheese.
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South Polar Surface

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The pitted appearance of the south polar cap ice in this VIS image is similar to the appearance of a slice of swiss cheese.

Orbit Number: 39796 Latitude: -86.8044 Longitude: 354.877 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2010-12-04 02:13

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.

Image details

ID#:
PIA13811

Date added:
2011-01-19

Target:
Mars

Mission:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Spacecraft:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Instruments:
Thermal Emission Imaging System

Size:
930 x 2770 pixels (width x height)

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PIA13811.tif (2.58 MB)

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL/ASU