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THEMIS: South polar cap at summer’s end

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 3, 2019. This VIS image shows part of the south polar cap. The cap is comprised of layers of ice and dust deposited over millions of years. This image was collected at the end … Continue reading

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THEMIS: South polar outliers

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 26, 2019. This VIS image is located near the south polar cap and exhibits the same layering of ice and dust. Outliers are regions that were once part of a larger regional feature but … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Layers in Cavi Angusti

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 25, 2019. Cavi Angusti is located near the south polar cap and consists of large irregular steep-sided depressions termed cavi. Layering is visible within the large cavi at the top of the image. Explore … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A crater on the south polar layered deposits

This image is part of a campaign to image potential impact craters in the south polar layered deposits (ice cap). This feature looks like a strong candidate for an impact crater because it is very circular are still has a … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Eroded layers in the south polar ice cap

THEMIS Image of the Day, March 21, 2019. This VIS image shows layering in the south polar cap. Such layers are laid down by the seasonal changes and interweave dust and ice. Then they are eroded by winds and seasonal … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Wood-grain patterns in ice and dust

THEMIS Image of the Day, March 20, 2019. This VIS image shows layering in the south polar cap. The layers are formed over thousands of years of seasonal change, reflecting ice and dust surface deposition. Where the layers appear close … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Everything is (well) illuminated

The south polar layered deposits are icy layers that have been deposited over millions of years, preserving a climate history of Mars. In this image the layers are well illuminated to accentuate the topography. A prior image of this location … Continue reading

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THEMIS: South polar ice cap layers

THEMIS Image of the Day, March 15, 2019. This VIS image is located on the South Polar cap. The linear features are the steep side of a polar trough. At troughs the extensive layering of the ice is exposed. The … Continue reading

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THEMIS: South polar ice cap in summer

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 24, 2019. This VIS image of the south polar cap was taken during the middle of southern hemisphere summer. The surface is free of frost and the layering that makes up the cap is … Continue reading

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THEMIS: South polar ice cap layers

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 7, 2019. Today’s VIS image shows a small part of the south polar cap. The layering of the cap is easy to see. The layers record the seasonal deposition of dust and ice over … Continue reading

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