PIA03979: Small Dusty 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:  1024 x 2275 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-1141
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA03979.tif (2.332 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA03979.jpg (400.9 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

3 July 2005
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a small, dust-covered, volcano in the Jovis Fossae region of Mars. While Mars is known for its extremely large volcanoes, such as Olympus Mons, many small volcanoes also occur on the red planet, particularly in the Tharsis region. This small volcano is a good example of those. It was originally found by members of the MGS Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) team during the MGS primary mission. The volcano is old, and cratered. Its surface is mantled by dust, and its caldera (summit depression) has some dust-covered wind ripples on its floor.

Location near: 20.7N, 111.3W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season Northern Autumn

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2005-07-03