One type of surface seen on Mars' south pole is this 'swiss-cheese' terrain of circular depressions as seen in this image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft.

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One type of surface seen on the south pole is this "swiss-cheese" terrain of circular depressions.

Orbit Number: 47934 Latitude: -86.7335 Longitude: 354.678 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2012-10-04 00:05

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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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