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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.

Chandler Environmental Education Center - December Star Party

Thanks to JPL Solar System Ambassador Suzan Bawolek, we were invited to bring the "Walk on Mars" map to the Chandler Environmental Education Center's December Star Party on December 7th, 2018. This was our first event where we only used the North and South polar maps, since there wasn't enough floor space to unroll the global map. We used the two polar maps to teach participants about how the polar caps on Mars are different from the polar caps on Earth and how we use color to show elevation. We also answered lots of questions about the InSIGHT mission, which had landed on Mars less than two weeks earlier.