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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.

Desert Mirage Elementary School (Grades 6, 7 & 8)

Thanks to JPL Solar System Ambassador Dr. Baron Summers, we were invited to bring the map to Desert Mirage Elementary School in Glendale, AZ on November 16th, 2018. All of the school's 6th, 7th and 8th grade students had the opportunity to take of tour of Mars, see the landing site for the upcoming InSIGHT mission (which landed successfully 10 days later), and the recently-announced landing site for the Mars 2020 rover. Desert Mirage also volunteered to help us test out our new "Introduction to Mars" powerpoint, which the teachers reviewed with their students the day before we brought the map. Thanks to that early introduction to Mars, the students came to the map with lots of great questions about Mars geography and exploration!