This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows part of the south polar cap. The numerous layers that comprise the polar cap are readily visible.

June 14, 2019

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This VIS image shows part of the south polar cap. The numerous layers that comprise the polar cap are readily visible. The cap was built up over millions of years of deposition of ice and dust.

Orbit Number: 67309 Latitude: -86.3338 Longitude: 184.776 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2017-02-15 03:29

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images.

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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NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

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