The South Pole is receiving sun every day now as spring progresses. The surface texture visible in this image captured by NASA's Mars Odyssey was created by the effect of solar warming on the ice.

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The South Pole is receiving sun every day now as spring progresses. The surface texture visible in this image was created by the effect of solar warming on the ice.

Orbit Number: 39933 Latitude: -86.9064 Longitude: 353.173 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2010-12-15 08:58

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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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