Dark Materials on Olympus Mons
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Dark Materials on Olympus Mons
ESP_012548_1980  Science Theme: Mass Wasting Processes
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There are blocks of layered terrain within the Olympus Mons aureole. The aureole is a giant apron of chaotic material around the volcano, perhaps formed by enormous landslides off the flanks of the giant volcano.

These blocks of layered material have been eroded by the wind into the scenic landscape we see here.

Written by: Alfred McEwen (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (22 January 2018)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_013049_1980.
 
Acquisition date
31 March 2009

Local Mars time:
15:26

Latitude (centered)
17.555°

Longitude (East)
216.396°

Spacecraft altitude
282.5 km (176.6 miles)

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28.3 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~85 cm across are resolved

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25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Equirectangular

Emission angle:
3.2°

Phase angle:
61.0°

Solar incidence angle
64°, with the Sun about 26° above the horizon

Solar longitude
237.6°, Northern Autumn

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North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  330.0°
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POSTSCRIPT
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona.