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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 2019 - Tempe Campus

For the second year in a row, we displayed the map at the ASU Tempe Campus' Open Door event on February 23rd, 2019. But this time, we decided to display the map outside ISTB4 so that it would be closer to the School of Earth and Space Exploration's other exhibits. Thanks to Meg Hufford and numerous undergraduate Open Door volunteers, we were able to set up the foam mat in a record 45min and take it down in only 20min! We had tons of visitors, especially families with young kids, who really enjoyed the Mars Geography Scavenger Hunt. Although it got a little chilly once the sun set behind ISTB4, our volunteers were awesome and kept the map open to visitors as long as we could. Looking forward to returning for ASU Open Door 2020!