Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera
Lava Flows on Olympus Mons
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-157, 19 July 1999
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Olympus Mons is one of the largest volcanoes known. The high resolution
imaging capability of the
Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) provides
an opportunity to examine some of the smallest features on this
extremely large volcano.
This view of the lower south flank of Olympus Mons
shows lava flows with leveed central channels and
a variety of surface textures. Similar features can be found on the
basalt volcanoes on the "Big Island" of Hawaii.
This picture was taken in July 1998, and is illuminated from the
For additional MOC images of Olympus Mons see:
Malin Space Science Systems and the California Institute of Technology
built the MOC using spare hardware from the Mars Observer mission. MSSS
operates the camera from its facilities in San Diego, CA. The Jet Propulsion
Laboratory's Mars Surveyor Operations Project operates the Mars Global Surveyor
spacecraft with its industrial partner, Lockheed Martin Astronautics, from
facilities in Pasadena, CA and Denver, CO.
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