Today's VIS image shows part of the South Pole. Promethei Chasma covers the left side of the image. Promethei and other chasmata are found in both the north and south polar caps. The chasmata are are regions that have no ice cover, revealing the surface below the ice cap. The layers that comprise the polar cap are readily visible along the side of the chasma.
Orbit Number: 84226 Latitude: -82.4516 Longitude: 138.354 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2020-12-09 11:06
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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.