This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows a portion of Olympia Undae, a large dune field located near the north pole.

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This VIS image shows a portion of Olympia Undae, a large dune field located near the north pole. This image was collected during the northern spring season. Olympia Undae is the largest contiguous dune field on Mars, covering 470,000 square kilometers (181,468 square miles). For comparison, the state of California is 163,696 square miles.

Orbit Number: 78451 Latitude: 80.7135 Longitude: 224.211 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2019-08-21 23:49

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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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