Looking Westward Across the Fortuna Tessera
April 4, 2003
This perspective view of Venus, generated by computer from Magellan data and color-coded with emissivity, is a look westward across the Fortuna Tessera toward the slopes of Maxwell Montes. The tessera terrain of both Fortuna and the slopes of Maxwell is characterized by roughly parallel north-south trending ridges. With a maximum elevation of roughly 11 km above the planetary reference surface (which has a radius of 6051 km), Maxwell is the highest mountain on Venus.
Topics: Terrestrial planets, Astronomy, Planetary science, Environment, Maxwell Montes, Tessera, 19 Fortuna, Geology of Venus, James Clerk Maxwell, Magellan probe, Venus, Geology, Earth