South Polar Ice
Today's VIS image shows a portion of the south polar cap. The visible layers were created over millennia by deposition of winter ice and summer dust. This image was collected at the end of the southern summer season.
Orbit Number: 84988 Latitude: -86.0994 Longitude: 144.46 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2021-02-10 04:50
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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.