Mars Odyssey Celebrates 100,000 Orbits, Captures Epic View of Solar System’s Largest Volcano

NASA’s Odyssey spacecraft, the longest mission to Mars, circled the Red Planet for the 100,000th time today, the mission team announced in a STATEMENT.

To celebrate the milestone, the space agency released an intricate panorama of Olympus Mons, the tallest volcano in the solar system; Odyssey captured the view in March. The base of the volcano lies 373 miles (600 kilometers) near the Martian equator, while rising 17 miles (27 kilometers) into the planet’s thin air. Earlier this month, astronomers discovered transient morning frost covering the summit of the volcano for several hours each day, providing new insights into how ice from the poles circulates throughout the parched world.

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