As spring progresses at the south pole, the surface reacts to the change of season. This image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows a region of the south pole that is monitored throughout spring, summer, and fall at the south pole.
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As spring progresses at the south pole, the surface reacts to the change of season. Today's VIS image shows a region of the south pole that is monitored throughout spring, summer, and fall at the south pole.

Orbit Number: 47662 Latitude: -86.8526 Longitude: 275.69 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2012-09-11 14:49

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#:
PIA16338

Date added:
2012-11-02

Target:
Mars

Mission:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Spacecraft:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Instruments:
Thermal Emission Imaging System

Size:
937 x 2920 pixels (width x height)

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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA16338.tif (2.74 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA16338.jpg (0.31 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL/ASU