Elysium Planitia

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Image of the Day explores Mars nomenclature. Elysium Planitia = Planitia: low plain. Elysium: the Elysian fields. The Elysian fields are a paradise where the chosen of the gods reside after death; the heaven of heroes. Elysium Planitia is located south of Elysium Mons, a large volcano. Multiple lava flows are evident in the daytime IR image. There are also small hills and craters of various sizes. Nomenclature Fact of the Day: Names with political, military, or religious significance are not allowed, except for names of political figures prior to the 19th century.

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Image ID: 
I07884020 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2003-09-24 07:39
Tue, 2004-08-17
975 pixels (97 km)
2368 pixels (237 km)
0.100288 km/pixel
0.099722 km/pixel


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