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Saturday, November 10, 2001



Mars Odyssey's First Picture

First picture from the Mars Odyssey.
First picture from the Mars Odyssey.
Credit: NASA
Just over a week after entering orbit around Mars, the Odyssey spacecraft has sent back its first snapshot -- a thermal infrared image of the planet's southern hemisphere. "This spectacular first image of Mars from the 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft is just a hint of what's to come," said NASA associate administrator Ed Weiler in a prepared statement. Images taken by THEMIS are expected to be used by scientists to learn more about the distribution of minerals on Mars, particularly those that indicate the presence of water.

- posted by Alex @ 20:09 EST