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Mars Odyssey: Pictures from Longest Mars Mission

New Photos Are First of Spacecraft Orbiting Mars

NASA/JPL/MSSS.

This image is an enlargement of a photograph of the Mars Odyssey probe taken by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor probe while the two spacecraft were 56 miles (90 kilometers) apart.

Dunes in Lohse Crater

NASA/JPL/Arizona State University

he THEMIS instrument on Mars Odyssey spacecraft captured this image of dunes in Lohse Crater on September 4, 2011. In December 2010, Odyssey became the longest-serving spacecraft at Mars.

Recent Tectonic Activity on Mars?

NASA and An Yin (UCLA)

Landforms north of Mars' Olympus Mons volcano may be evidence of recent tectonic activity. Left: uninterpreted image, from NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft. Right: interpreted image.

7th-Graders Discover Mysterious Cave on Mars

NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

California 7th graders discovered this Martian pit feature at the center of the superimposed red square in this image while participating in a program that enables students to use the camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter. The feature, on the slope of an equatorial volcano named Pavonis Mons, appears to be a skylight in an underground lava tube. Full Story.

Possible New Mars Caves Targets in Search for Life

GE Cushing, TN Titus, JJ Wynne, USGS, USGS, Northern Arizona University, and PR Christensen of Arizona State University

A THEMIS image from the Mars Odyssey spacecraft showing entrances to possible Martian caves, dubbed the "seven sisters." Clockwise from upper-left: Dena, Chloe, Wendy, Annie, Abbey, Nikki and Jeanne. Arrows signify direction of solar illumination (I) and direction of North (N).

Mars Odyssey Spacecraft

\NASA/JPL-Caltech

An artist's rendering shows the Mars Odyssey spacecraft.

Coprates Chasma on Mars

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State University

Morning clouds fill Coprates Chasma on Mars in this Nov. 25, 2015, image from the THEMIS camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey. No orbiter systematically observed Mars in morning sunlight before 2015. The clouds appear blue because ice particles in them scatter blue light more strongly than other colors.

Boeing Delta II Rocket Lift Off in 2001

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State University

At 11:02 a.m. EDT on April 7, 2001, crowds watch a Boeing Delta II rocket lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, carrying NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft into space on its seven-month journey to Mars.

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