Venusian Mountain Maxwell Montes

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About this Image

This is a radar image of Maxwell Montes, a mountain range on the planet Venus, that was made by transmitting a signal at 13 cm wavelength from Arecibo and using the GBT to detect the reflection off the surface. This mountain range contains the highest point on Venus, peaking at 11 km. The mountains reflect radio waves better, thus appear brighter, than the surrounding terrain. This increase in reflectivity at high altitudes occurs at other high areas on Venus is not well understood. The circular feature in the bottom center is a 100 km wide impact crater.

Investigator(s):  Donald Campbell, Jean-Luc Margot, Lynn Carter, and Bruce Campbell

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Technical Data

    Telescope GBT 
    Date of Observation 2001-00-00 
    Type of Observation Continuum Observations 
    Technical Caption The resolution of this image is about 1 km.  


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