Olympus Mons, 1998
March 19, 2003
Olympus Mons is a mountain of mystery. Taller than three Mount Everests and about as wide as the entire Hawaiian Island chain, this giant volcano is nearly as flat as a pancake. The Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) obtained this spectacular wide-angle view of Olympus Mons on Mars Global Surveyor's 263rd orbit, around 10:40 p.m. PDT on April 25, 1998. In the view presented here, north is to the left and east is up.
Topics: Environment, Olympus Mons, Shield volcanoes, Mars, Uranius Tholus, Tharsis quadrangle, Olympus, Volcano