With summer fast approaching, the frost has sublimated away and the layers that make up the north polar cap are easily discernable, as seen by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft.

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With summer fast approaching, the frost has sublimated away and the layers that make up the north polar cap are easily discernable.

Orbit Number: 53890 Latitude: 82.8252 Longitude: 98.7289 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2014-02-06 04:10

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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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