Detail of the complex caldera of Olympus Mons

Olympus Mons in close-up

View from overhead of the complex caldera (summit crater) at the summit of Olympus Mons on Mars, the highest volcano in our Solar System.

Olympus Mons stands at about 26 kilometres above the surrounding plain: Mount Everest is only one third as high. The caldera has a depth of about 3 km. This is the first high-resolution colour image of the complete caldera of Olympus Mons.

The image was taken from a height of 273 km during orbit 37 by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on ESA’s Mars Express on 21 January 2004. The view is centred at 18.3°N and 227°E.

Last update: 12 February 2004

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