Surface textures vary in relation to topography on the south polar cap. Trough sides and floors are different from the flat top surface of the cap. This image was captured by NASA's Mars Odyssey.

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Surface textures vary in relation to topography on the south polar cap. Trough sides and floors are different from the flat top surface of the cap.

Orbit Number: 39948 Latitude: -87.0311 Longitude: 275.27 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2010-12-16 14:36

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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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