PIA03992: Rugged Olympus Mons
 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:  2048 x 3260 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-1147
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA03992.tif (6.683 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA03992.jpg (1.363 MB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

9 July 2005
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a 1.5 meters per pixel (~5 ft/pixel) view of a portion of the upper west flank of the giant martian volcano, Olympus Mons. Although considered to be young relative to much of Mars, at high resolution the Olympus Mons volcano turns out to have one of the most heavily cratered surfaces -- at the scale of small craters of tens of meters diameter and smaller -- on the planet. In other words, while the volcano may be a geologically young feature, it is still very ancient and inactive. A segment of a lava channel -- likely a collapsed lava tube -- is present in this scene.

Location near: 17.9N, 134.6W
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:
2005-07-09