Tyrrhenna Patera is thought to be an ancient volcano. It is located in Hesperia Planum in the martian southern hemisphere. The Mars Orbiter Camera recently acquired this view of escarpments and valleys on the lower northeast flank of the volcano. Small, bright dunes cover low areas such as valley and crater floors. The picture is illuminated from the lower right and covers an area 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) across.
Malin Space Science Systems and the California Institute of Technology built the MOC using spare hardware from the Mars Observer mission. MSSS operates the camera from its facilities in San Diego, CA. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Mars Surveyor Operations Project operates the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft with its industrial partner, Lockheed Martin Astronautics, from facilities in Pasadena, CA and Denver, CO.