This image captured NASA's Mars Odyssey by of low altitude clouds perfectly illustrates how the surface topography of the polar cap controls the creation of visible clouds.

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This image of low altitude clouds perfectly illustrates how the surface topography of the polar cap controls the creation of visible clouds.

Orbit Number: 40939 Latitude: -86.6024 Longitude: 96.9314 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2011-03-08 04:56

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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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