Tantalus Fluctus

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Image of the Day explores the Mars nomenclature. Tantalus Fluctus = Fluctus: flow terrain. Tantalus: son of Zeus; King of Sipylos. He cut up and stewed the flesh of his son to serve at a feast with the gods. For this crime his family was cursed for five generations. The Tantalus Fluctus region of Mars is comprised of multiple lava flows. The margin of one of these flows is indicated by red arrows on the VIS image above. Nomenclature Fact of the Day: Three landform types that do not use a descriptor as part of their name are craters, eruptive centers, and large ring features.

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Image ID: 
V09715018 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2004-02-22 01:14
Thu, 2004-08-19
1024 pixels (19 km)
3648 pixels (67 km)
0.018603 km/pixel
0.018739 km/pixel


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