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LIFEonMARS_01

Nepalese hand-knotted carpet - 150 knot
100% Tibetan Wool + Chinese Silk
9 ft. wide x 15 ft . long / 4.5 meters x 2.743 meters


LIFEonMARS_01 was created from a topographical map of the surface of planet Mars. It is a landscape image of dunes and ice in the Chasma Boreale, a large Martian canyon in the north polar ice cap.

On April 7, 2001 NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft left earth entering orbit around Mars on October 24, 2001. Onboard is the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) which combines a 5-wavelength visual imaging system with a 9-wavelength infrared imaging system.

Odyssey made its most famous discovery -- evidence of copious water ice just below the dry surface of Mars -- during its first few months, then it finished its radiation-safety check for future astronauts before the end of its prime mission in 2004.

The bonus years since then have allowed scientists to build up high-resolution maps of the entire planet. The maps are assemblages of images from the THEMIS camera, provided and operated by ASU - School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe.

 

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