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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) Originally from: NASANews@hq.nasa.gov Original Subject: MARS ODYSSEY S FIRST LOOK AT MARS IS ALL TREAT, NO
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 31, 2001
      Forwarded by: fwestra@... (Frits Westra)
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      Original Subject: MARS ODYSSEY'S FIRST LOOK AT MARS IS ALL TREAT, NO TRICK
      Original Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 16:30:35 -0500 (EST)

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      Donald Savage
      Headquarters, Washington Oct. 31, 2001
      (Phone: 202/358-1547)

      Mary Hardin
      Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
      (Phone: 818/354-5011)

      RELEASE: 01-214

      MARS ODYSSEY'S FIRST LOOK AT MARS IS ALL TREAT, NO TRICK

      NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey gave mission managers a real
      treat this Halloween with its first look at the Red Planet.
      It's a thermal infrared image of the Martian southern
      hemisphere that captures the polar carbon dioxide ice cap at
      a temperature of about minus 120 C (minus 184 F).

      The spacecraft first entered orbit around Mars last week
      after a six-month, 285 million-mile journey.

      The image, taken as part of the calibration process for the
      instrument, shows the nighttime temperatures of Mars,
      demonstrating the "night-vision" capability of the camera
      system to observe Mars, even when the surface is in darkness.

      "This spectacular first image of Mars from the 2001 Mars
      Odyssey spacecraft is just a hint of what's to come," said
      Dr. Ed Weiler, Associate Administrator for Space Science at
      NASA Headquarters in Washington. "After we get Odyssey into
      its final orbit it will be much closer to Mars than when it
      took this image, and we'll be able to tell whether or not
      there are any hot springs on Mars, places where liquid water
      may be close to the surface. If there are any such locations
      they would be places we might like to explore on future
      missions."

      The image covers a length of more than 6,500 kilometers
      (3,900 miles), spanning the planet from limb to limb, with a
      resolution of approximately 5.5 kilometers per pixel (3.4
      miles per pixel), at the point directly beneath the
      spacecraft.

      The spacecraft was about 22,000 kilometers (about 13,600
      miles) above the planet looking down toward the south pole of
      Mars when the image was taken.

      It is late spring in the Martian southern hemisphere. The
      extremely cold, circular feature shown in blue is the Martian
      south polar carbon dioxide ice cap , which is more than 900
      kilometers (540 miles) in diameter at this time and will
      continue to shrink as summer progresses. Clouds of cooler air
      blowing off the cap can be seen in orange extending across
      the image.

      JPL manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office
      of Space Science. The thermal-emission imaging system was
      developed at Arizona State University, Tempe, with Raytheon
      Santa Barbara Remote Sensing, Santa Barbara, Calif. Lockheed
      Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the
      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.

      The Mars Odyssey image is available on the Internet at:

      http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/cgi-
      bin/GenCatalogPage.pl?PIA03459

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