This image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows a region of the south pole where the surface has developed linear markings, a pattern not unlike a thumbprint.
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South Polar Surface

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Today's VIS image shows a region of the south pole where the surface has developed linear markings, a pattern not unlike a thumbprint.

Orbit Number: 48024 Latitude: -86.1515 Longitude: 307.082 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2012-10-11 09:51

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#:
PIA16654

Date added:
2013-01-04

Target:
Mars

Mission:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Spacecraft:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Instruments:
Thermal Emission Imaging System

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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA16654.tif (2.58 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA16654.jpg (0.47 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL/ASU