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Olympus Mons and Ascraeus Mons: Geologically recent lava inflation

The summit of Olympus Mons displays lava flows, some of which are truncated by the caldera, that appear to have flowed uphill. Because lava flows downhill, this mismatch between the flow direction and present-day topography suggests that the terrain has … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Up above the dust clouds

When much of Mars was enshrouded by a recent massive dust storm, HiRISE captured this clear view of the surface because of the target’s unique location. Olympus Mons is the biggest volcano in the Solar System, reaching a height of … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Big step-off at Olympus Rupes

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 20, 2018. Olympus Rupes is the name of the large escarpment surrounding Olympus Mons. The escarpment is a cliff where there is a large elevation change over a short distance. The elevation change from … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Source of flow east of Olympus Mons

Source of flow to the east of Olympus Mons. Here we see part of a linear depression with branching segments in Amazonian volcanic plains east of Olympus Mons. The flow source from this feature that exhibit volcanic and/or fluvial characteristics. … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Where the volcanic mountain meets the volcanic plains

THEMIS Image of the Day, July 12, 2018. Olympus Rupes is the name of the large escarpment surrounding Olympus Mons. The escarpment is a cliff where there is a large elevation change over a short distance. This VIS image is … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Flows upon flows on Olympus Mons

THEMIS Image of the Day, July 5, 2018. The lava flows seen in the VIS image are located on the northeastern flank of Olympus Mons. The lavas flowed from the lower left side of the image to the upper right, … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Dark and possibly stationary ripples

Dark and possibly stationary ripples in anomalous terrain.  These strange ripples are in some anomalous terrain on the Olympus Mons aureole. These dark ripples have not been imaged in about 8 years, so another shot should show movement…if there IS … Continue reading

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Mars Express: From horizon to horizon

Fifteen years ago, ESA’s Mars Express was launched to investigate the Red Planet. To mark this milestone comes a striking view of Mars from horizon to horizon, showcasing one of the most intriguing parts of the martian surface. On 2 … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Channels cutting across channels in Olympica Fossae

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 12, 2018. Olympica Fossae is a complex channel located on the volcanic plains between Alba Mons and Olympus Mons. The sinuosity of the large channel in the middle of the image indicates that this … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Spiny ridges of Lycus Sulci

THEMIS Image of the Day, March 29, 2018. Lycus Sulci is a very complex region surrounding the northern and western flanks of Olympus Mons. This VIS image shows several features found in Lycus Sulci including tectonic derived ridges with dark … Continue reading

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