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This image is one of the first images taken by the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. It was taken on November 2, 2001. The black and white image show the surface of Mars and the rainbow image shows the temperatures at the surface of Mars. The bright blue part seen in the middle of the rainbow image is the south pole of Mars - it is really, really cold there!
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Mars Odyssey

The Mars Odyssey was launched April 7, 2001. After a six-month journey, the Odyssey arrived at Mars on October 24, 2001.

The instruments onboard the Mars Odyssey will study the minerals on the surface of Mars and look at the water that is frozen in the surface of Mars. Another instrument will look at the radiation around Mars. This would be important information to know if humans were to colonize Mars. Would you want to live on Mars?

Last modified December 19, 2001 by Jennifer Bergman.

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