Space Image of the Day Gallery (May 2016)

Standing at Mars' North Pole

NASA/JPL/Arizona State University, R. Luk

Tuesday, May 31, 2016: Astronauts may not live on Mars yet, but this stunning view shows what an explorer might see on the Red Planet's north pole. This image is a 3D view created from observations recorded by the THEMIS instrument on NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft. Last week, scientists announced that Mars appears to be emerging from an ice age, a discovery suggested by the growth of its polar ice caps. Read the full story here.

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