This image of the south polar cap captured by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows a surface with hundreds of circular depressions.

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This VIS image of the south polar cap shows a surface with hundreds of circular depressions. This texture similar in appearance to swiss cheese.

Orbit Number: 64535 Latitude: -86.8715 Longitude: 354.786 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2016-07-01 14:50

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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.

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