South Polar Cap
Today's VIS image shows part of the south polar cap. Taken in summer, the CO2 (dry ice) cap shows the layering of ice and dust that formed over millions of years.
Orbit Number: 91652 Latitude: -86.3765 Longitude: 138.159 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2022-08-12 21:54
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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.