The Mars Space Flight Facility

At ASU's Mars Space Flight Facility, scientists and researchers are using instruments on spacecraft at Mars to explore the geology and mineralogy of the Red Planet.

These instruments include the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter and two Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometers (Mini-TES) on the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. A full-size Mars rover model, bedded on reddish-brown sand, dominates the building's lobby.

The facility also houses the ASU Mars Education Program. This provides workshops, field trips, and other opportunities for teachers and students to join with scientists in the excitement of Mars exploration.

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