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Viking Orbiter view of the northwestern Tharsis plateau

Viking Orbiter view of the northwestern Tharsis plateau

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NASA / JPL / USGS / Justin Cowart

Viking Orbiter view of the northwestern Tharsis plateau
Viking Orbiter view of the northwestern Tharsis plateau, with the three Tharsis Montes at bottom left (from top to bottom: Ascraeus Mons, Pavonis Mons, and Arsia Mons) and Olympus Mons at top right. The mountains are shrouded in the aphelion cloud belt, a thin layer of water ice crystals that form over the Tharsis Plateau when Mars is furthest from the Sun. This image was taken near midday, when the clouds had yet to sublimate in the afternoon warmth. This image was taken on June 24, 1978, on Viking Orbiter 1's 735 revolution around Mars.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Justin Cowart

Original image data dated on or about June 24, 1978

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