PIA02337: Wide Angle View of Arsia Mons Volcano
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
 Spacecraft:  Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter
 Instrument:  Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
 Product Size:  742 x 508 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  P50574 MRPS95291 MOC2-179
 Addition Date:  2000-05-13
 Primary Data Set:  MGS EDRs
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA02337.tif (810.7 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA02337.jpg (32.44 kB)

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Arsia Mons (above) is one of the largest volcanoes known. This shield volcano is part of an aligned trio known as the Tharsis Montes--the others are Pavonis Mons and Ascraeus Mons. Arsia Mons is rivaled only by Olympus Mons in terms of its volume. The summit of Arsia Mons is more than 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) higher than the surrounding plains. The crater--or caldera--at the volcano summit is approximately 110 km (68 mi) across. This view of Arsia Mons was taken by the red and blue wide angle cameras of the Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) system. Bright water ice clouds (the whitish/bluish wisps) hang above the volcano--a common sight every martian afternoon in this region. Arsia Mons is located at 120 west longitude and 9 south latitude. Illumination is from the left.

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