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NASA Mars Odyssey THEMIS Image: THEMIS Images as Art #39

By SpaceRef Editor
February 19, 2005
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Welcome to the second annual THEMIS ART MONTH. From

Jan. 31 through March 4 we will be showcasing images

for their aesthetic value, rather than their science

content. Portions of these images resemble things in

our everyday lives, from animals to letters of the

alphabet. We hope you enjoy our fanciful look at Mars!

We often envision fictional Martians as bug-eyed monsters, but today we move beyond that to just plain bugs being depicted in this nighttime IR image.

[Source: ASU THEMIS Science Team]

Note: this THEMIS infrared image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA’s Office of Space Science, 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.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University

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