The sun has now risen over the south pole of Mars. The polar surface is defrosting. This VIS image shows layering near the margin of the south polar cap.
Orbit Number: 48151 Latitude: -82.482 Longitude: 275.229 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2012-10-21 20:40
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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.