Olympus Mons - As Seen from ISRO's Mars Orbiter

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Mars continues to amaze ....

There is geology on Mars unlike any other in our Solar System, like:

  • ​Valles Marineris - the largest canyon, and
  • Olympus Mons - the largest volcano.

At nearly three times the altitude of the largest peak on Earth, Mt.Everest, Olympus Mons dwarfs most ordinary peaks in the solar system. It is so tall that it's peak nearly reaches the outer edges of Mars' atmosphere.

Olympus Mons from ISRO Orbiter. Credit: ISRO

Olympus Mons from ISRO Orbiter. Click for larger image. Credit: ISRO

Olympus Mons sits in the Tharsis bulge in the highlands of the northern hemisphere of Mars. It is accompanied by three other Tharsis volcanoes -- Arsia Mons, Pavonis Mons and Ascraeus Mons.  All of these volcanoes, the Tharsis Montes, are products of volcanism and are associated with tectonic processes which caused extensive crustal deformation in this area.

ISRO MCC Assembly. Credit: ISRO

ISRO MCC Assembly. Credit: ISRO

This image is a shot from India's Mars Orbiter Mission Spacecraft, ISRO's first interplanetary probe that was reached Mars this last year.

Water vapor clouds are seen around the mons top which is a usual phenomenon during this season in Mars.

This image was taken by MCC on November 27, 2015 at an altitude of 32,282 km with a resolution of 1679 m.

Learn more at http://www.isro.gov.in/Spacecraft/mars-orbiter-mission-spacecraft​

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