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The 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft and the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) have been acquiring infrared images of Mars for more than 16 years. The best-quality images from the mission have been compiled into a global mosaic at 100 m/pixel resolution and printed on a walkable basketball-court-sized vinyl mat to spread awareness and excitement about Mars exploration!

Homepage Background Image: Full-disk image of Mars with the Tharis volcanoes in the west and Valles Marineris in the east from the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) Mars Color Camera (MCC). Image courtesy of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the Indian Space Science Data Center (ISSDC) and Emily Lakdawalla.

ASU Open Door 2018

Our very first public event with the map was at ASU's Open Door 2018 on February 24th, 2018, which is part of a series of open houses across all of ASU's campuses. Over a dozen Mars scientists, graduate students and undergraduate students volunteered to guide visitors around the map and answer their questions about Mars. We had so many visitors that at times we were a little overwhelmed, and unfortunately, that meant we didn't have time to take many pictures. But don't worry, we'll do a better job of taking pictures of our events in the future!