Mars Odyssey: Water Ice/Summer Observations

  • Released Thursday, July 3rd, 2003
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:57PM
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NASA's Mars Odyssey detected water ice in the northern hemisphere. During the winter months, the icy soil is covered by a thick layer of carbon dioxide ('dry ice') frost obscuring the water ice signature.This animation is match-framed to #2778 and #2779. It shows the areas of ice during a martian summer.

 A comparison of the water ice detected by Odyssey in northern summer and winter seasons. In some places the water ice content is more than 90 percent by volume.

A comparison of the water ice detected by Odyssey in northern summer and winter seasons. In some places the water ice content is more than 90 percent by volume.

Video slate image reads "Mars Odyssey: Water Ice/Summer Observations Blue colors show the water ice that is revealed during the Martian summer."

Video slate image reads "Mars Odyssey: Water Ice/Summer Observations

Blue colors show the water ice that is revealed during the Martian summer."

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