Mars on the Mall

Thanks to the American Geophysical Union's Celebrate 100 grants program, ASU and the "Walk on Mars" map are headed to Washington, D.C.! We will be displaying the map on the National Mall in front of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. For more details, see ASU's announcement at: and AGU's announcement at

Stay tuned for more details as we finalize our plans!



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.