Image of the Day: Solar System’s Highest Peak Dwarfs Mount Everest

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Olympus Mons volcano is the highest point on Mars at an elevation of 21,229 meters (69,649 feet) above the Mars areoid (similar to Earth's sea level). It is also the highest mountain in the solar system and the solar system's largest volcano. Lava flows from Olympus Mons and its neighboring volcanoes have resurfaced the planet in this area. These lava flows are not heavily cratered, revealing that the eruptions which formed them occurred at a point in the planet's history that was after the heavy asteroid bombardment. Image credit: NASA

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