Scylla Scopulus

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

The THEMIS Image of the Day explores Mars nomenclature. Scylla Scopulus = Scolupus: lobate or irregular scarp. Scylla: The nymph Scylla was turned into a 6-headed monster by the sorceress Circe. As a monster Scylla ate six of Odysseus' crewmen in Homer's Odyssey.
Scylla Scopulus is an irregular scarp located in the southern highlands of Mars. The arrows on the daytime IR image are pointing to the scarp where it crosses the image. Scylla Scopulus faces eastward, while Charybdis Scopulus [located to the east of Scylla] faces westward. Nomenclature Fact of the Day: The asteroid Gaspra was named for a spa in the Crimea, so its craters are named for spas worldwide.

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images. 


Image ID: 
I07465002 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2003-08-20 18:03
Fri, 2004-08-27
320 pixels (30 km)
2544 pixels (256 km)
0.101014 km/pixel
0.096662 km/pixel


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