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Climbing Olympus Mons – Tallest Mountain in the Solar System


Olympus Mons on Mars is by far the tallest
mountain in the solar system, it could be considered to be a mountain and a volcano
at the same time. Olympus Mons is 21km tall, to get an idea
of how actually tall that is we should look at Mount Everest which is the tallest mountain
on planet Earth with 8800 meters in height, Olympus Mons is almost 2 and a half times
taller than the tallest mountain on Earth. And Olympus Mons is not just extremely tall,
it also has a gigantic surface area, it is comparable to countries such as France. The diameter of Olympus Mons is around 600km
at it’s longest, you can see here how big Olympus Mons would look like from space if
it were on Earth, as you can see it would be very much visible from space. Now the reason as to why Olympus Mons achieved
this great size and height is due to the fact that the surface gravity on Mars is around
2.5 lower than on Earth, meaning less force is pulling downwards allowing the volcano
to reach great heights, and over time during eruptions that lava that was spewed just piled
on and on onto the surface creating Olympus Mons. So then let’s go to Mars and see what climbing
this big mountain would be like. First step that we would need to take in order
to get to climb this volcano would be obviously getting there. Now despite the fact that Mars is in our solar
system, that still doesn’t mean that Mars is close, in fact light, which is the fastest
speed in the universe needs on average 12 minutes to reach Mars. Now what that also means is that people who
operate rovers on mars need to wait for 12 minutes on average in order for a rover there
to respond to their command. So it’s safe to say that Mars is not close
to Earth despite being in our system, spacecrafts that carry rovers to Mars need on average
about 7 months to reach Mars going at the speed which is many times faster than a shot
bullet. So unless you have some new technology that
allows you to reach new speeds, your journey to Mars will take you many months. As you would approach Mars while looking at
the surface area it would be almost impossible to miss Olympus Mons, it would be clearly
visible even from thousands of kilometers away in space, it would appear as huge mark
sticking out from the rest of the surface, since we know that Olympus Mons has a surface
area comparable to France. If you wanted to climb it you would have to
land near the edge of the volcano, obviously, but there are not many accessible trails to
the top as the rest of the volcano has a very pronounced edge surrounding the surface which
is way too steep, it would be nearly impossible to climb the mountain from those sides as
these huge cliffs are around 8km tall, meaning these cliffs are about as tall as mount Everest,
the tallest mountain on Earth. So the best path take would be this one, it
is the shortest path available at approximately 200km in length and during the climb you would
be able to see different terrains, the whole slope averages around 5 degrees, precisely
this is how steep the path is on average, the slope is almost flat. So how long would it take you to climb the
mountain from this point? On average walking speed on Earth is 5km/h,
on Mars since you wouldn’t get tired as much you probably would be able to achieve 10km/h,
if each day on Olympus Mons you walked for 10 hours non stop, you would need roughly
2 days to reach the peak, meaning in a single day you would be able to cover half the distance
needed. To cover the first half of the distance in
the first day you definitely would need to have a navigation system which would precisely
tell you in which direction to walk in, since the Peak wouldn’t be visible you wouldn’t
be able to tell whether or not you are getting close to it with your eyes alone, so without
a navigational system you would very likely go off the trail. I am also assuming that since you are going
to land here with your spaceship you also have the technology to satisfy your need for
food and water. So then let’s go and land on this point, Slowly
you descend from space onto the surface, as you do that you would be able to see the rugged
Olympus Mons in all it’s glory. Now you landed near the edge, as soon as you
would take a step on the martian surface you would notice just how very light you would
feel, that is because the surface gravity on Mars is around 2 and a half times lower
than the surface gravity of Earth, meaning you would feel two and a half times lighter,
because of that you would barely get tired if at all from walking, which is a good thing
considering that you would be covering a very long path,also if you tried to jump you would
see that you would be able to jump significantly higher. If you had a weighing scale that you could
step on, you would see that that it would show your weight as 2.5 times less, meaning
if that weighing scale showed that your weight was 70kg on Earth, on Mars that same scale
would show that your weight is 28 kg, that is all because scales determine weight by
the amount of force that is applied on them and because gravity on Mars is lower you would
exert less force onto the scale which would result in it showing your weight as lower. As you would take a few steps on the dusty
martian surface and looked into the distance it wouldn’t be apparent at all that you are
near the tallest mountain in the solar system, because the surface area of Olympus Mons is
so large, you wouldn’t be able to see the top of the mountain from your position, surface
of the mountain is so large that the top of the volcano would simply just go over the
horizon, in fact while climbing the mountain it might even seem like the surface is kind
of flat with occasional ridges, that sense of progression that we have while climbing
mountains on Earth wouldn’t be present here because of the fact that the entire slope
is around 5 degrees on average, from your point of view the surface would appear to
be almost flat meaning during your entire walk you would be barely able to tell a difference
between walking on Olympus Mons or anywhere else on the Martian Surface. As you begin your journey, during your time
walking you would be able to spot ancient lava channels trough which once in the past
lava was flowing, the channels you would be looking at are millions of years old, they
range in age from 115 to 2 million years old, which is actually fairly recent considering
that Mars is 4.5 billion years old, you would likely be able to spot lots of craters as
well, they would vary in size greatly and would be an interesting spot to inspect, in
the distance ridges covered with orangish martian dust would appear at times, you would
have to climb over them in order to get to the top. During your 2 day journey you would inevitably
encounter the sun slowly setting, as you go deeper into the night more stars would appear
in the sky, and they would appear to be more visible than on Earth because of the thin
Martian atmosphere, the Milky Way trail would also look sharper as well, eventually while
looking at the clear night sky you would probably notice the planet Earth, now you would see
the Earth 12 minutes in the past from Mars, you wouldn’t be able to see Earth real time,
since 12 minutes is how long it takes light on average to reach Mars from Earth, it is
almost like lag. From Mars, Earth would appear as a pale blue
dot in the sky, that’s all of us right there. Now inevitably you would also encounter what
morning is like on the Martian surface, as you would look into the distance you would
see a blue haze in the atmosphere as the sun would be slowly rising, even tho Mars has
an orangish atmosphere the sun rises are blue, it is exactly opposite to how on Earth the
sky is blue but during the sunrise there is an orange haze.After two days of walking over
ridges, channels, and craters you you would finally be able to reach the top of Olympus
Mons, it would be obvious that you are at the top when you reach the caldera complex
which is compromised of six huge calderas, they are structures that look like craters
but were formed after lava was erupted trough them, after lots of eruptions the surface
withdrew and formed crater like marks on the top of the volcano. While at the top you as you would look into
the distance you would be able to see the entire outer edge of this huge caldera complex
that is around 70km in length, you would be standing near the edge and overseeing this
whole gigantic structure from couple of kilometers above, inside the caldera complex you would
see many semi circular formations and channel formations, what you would also notice while
looking into the distance is that the atmosphere would not be pronounced, there would only
be a slight orange haze present, that is because at this elevation the atmosphere would be
very thin, at the top of Olympus Mons the pressure is around 8 times less than the average
martian surface pressure, now the surface pressure on Earth is around 1400 times greater
than at the top of Olympus Mons, that is how thin the atmosphere is here. Now despite the fact that the atmosphere is
so thin here, you would still likely be able to notice martian clouds, as they frequently
pass by the peak, you would also notice that you would be surrounded by martian dust just
like everywhere else on Mars. Now sadly from the top of the tallest mountain
in the solar system if you turned away from the caldera complex you wouldn’t have that
great of a view, you wouldn’t be able to oversee rest of the Martian Surface at all, you would
be just be looking at the slope of Olympus Mons, that would really make you get just
how enormous this volcano is. As we can see climbing Olympus Mons would
be an interesting adventure, it would really put things into perspective in many regards.

Jean Kelley

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84 COMMENTS

  1. Mike Xacha Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Amazing video 👍🏻

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  2. Akshay Kishore Desai Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    1st viewer sir 🤩🤩🤩

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  3. Undead Chuunibyou Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Yo I love your videos man. Watching you from the beginning I’ve learned and became so interested in space. Keep up the videos bro.

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  4. ASEELS ENTHUSIAST Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Dreksler astral you are the only one enthusiastic astronomer which i love the most.

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  5. iStan3000_ Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    I love your videos Dreksler, my favourite channel when it comes to Astronomy. Please keep up this amazing work!

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  6. Infinity Dragon God Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    How come you upload infrequently

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  7. Santiago Bron Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    I thought this channel was dead.

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  8. Gary Manuel Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    I love videos like these 🙌🏼

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  9. Bloody Key Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Love these videos of yours Dreksler

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  10. Buzzlybee Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Love the vids!

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  11. Elijah Murphy Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    How big can moons really get? Video maybe

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  12. Spyronical Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Yes another great video

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  13. MrBeast Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Hey, nice content! Want to be in a future video?

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  14. MrBeast Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Hey, nice content! Want to be in a future video?

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  15. Otaku Sempai Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Getting perspective n how big it is is amazing, when looking atpics u just think eh i hear wrds how tall, but dont comprehend basically walking across france

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  16. Akshay Kishore Desai Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Amazing explanation and Beautiful music perfect combination 😃😃😃

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  17. Ray Yanma Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Please stop making me feel so insignificant.

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  18. Brian Messemer Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Height is 2.5 times taller than Mt. Everest…Mars has 2.5 times lower gravity than Earth. Nice parallel!

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  19. TrollDestroyer86 Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Now this is one of the topics I’ve been waiting for the most!

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  20. spindletea Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    You could walk across an area of central europe in just two days on mars? That cant be right…

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  21. Malcolm Abram Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Captivating video. Scientifically accurate. The best presentation I have ever come across on this fascinating structure. One comment is that the Martian atmosphere is actually blue. It is the red dust that gives it its red colour. The rovers at time of calm noted a blue atmosphere.

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  22. metalpsyche82 Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    goddamn, this was totally awesome. thank you

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  23. Madara Uchiwa Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Imagine travelling all the way to Mars only just to land at the ground level of the mountain just to climb back up

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  24. Tejas Venkatesh Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Olympus Mons is more like a Giant pimple on Mars

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  25. Miguel Rodríguez Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    A little fun activity in space videos' comments, I call it 'Find the Flat-earther' and it's exactly what it sounds like.

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  26. Don't slouch Darling. Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Outstanding Video 💜

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  27. AMALEK MUSSENDEN12 Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    I absolutely love this channel🤞🏾

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  28. ricky pasket official Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Ooooooo

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  29. Sean Thomas Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    One thing I would like to point out is that kilograms measure mass, not weight. Your mass does not depend on the strength of gravity so it wouldn't change on mars; that means you would still be 70 kg on mars if that was your earth mass. But other than that, great video!

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  30. Dindunuthingwrong Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    We have technology which could reach mars in days.

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  31. Dindunuthingwrong Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    3:13 those cliffs would make for some epic rock climbing

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  32. Tony Rodriguez Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Another great informative video. Thank you for taking the time to put this together.

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  33. Tyrell Graham Posted on March 23, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    I've always wanted to know what if we went to a planet that rains glass sideways

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  34. Dutch Posted on March 23, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Thumbnail made me think this was a Doom Eternal vid for a sec

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  35. doberbox1 Posted on March 23, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Awesome videos i love them and watch them over and over and over greatings from El Salvador

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  36. Sarkozy Posted on March 23, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    it’s a volcano

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  37. Green _ Posted on March 23, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Can you do a what if every solar system planet was habitable BTW great video

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  38. the flaming gaming Posted on March 23, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Most coolest youtube channel on the internet

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    More ❤️

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  40. AlexBamZ 05 Music Posted on March 23, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    YAYA! Your back! Thank you for these educational and amazing videos!

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  41. donkey punch Posted on March 23, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    How can you tell how tall it is without a sea level?

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  42. 100PurpleAvenue Posted on March 23, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    9:28 The caldera complex is "compromised" of something, huh?

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  43. rilluma Posted on March 23, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    id like to pop that pimple

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  44. TheConqueringRam Posted on March 23, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Olympus Mons truly puts things into perspective.

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  45. Logan Harrison Crabtree Posted on March 23, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    I’ve watched these videos for quite some time now, I’m never disappointed 🙂 I also watch these with my friends who love space as well

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  46. Král Václav I. Posted on March 23, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Dreksler, I love your videos and they're amazing, but you keep repeating yourself! I hear the same information at least 4 times in one video, and it gets a bit dull. Otherwise, they're very informative and don't stop making them!

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  47. Matthew Thomas Posted on March 23, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Great video Dreksler, keep it up, love your content

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  48. HahotoAtanas Posted on March 23, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Thank you so much for the great content! Keep it up, all the videos on the channel are awesome !

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  49. richard carlin Posted on March 23, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Very well done. Not sure why anyone would give you a thumbs down.

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  50. Kirby Psicopata Posted on March 23, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    That would be a treachouros climb
    Pun intended

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  51. Stardust_O Posted on March 24, 2020 at 12:18 am

    Love your videos!

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  52. Capitanul Posted on March 24, 2020 at 12:25 am

    Imagine the moment man will reach the summit for the first time. The first photo. The first flag up there.

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  53. Shawn Burton Posted on March 24, 2020 at 12:57 am

    A couple of weeks ago, I did climb on one of the mountains in El Marqués, Querétaro, México. Although Im sure its nowhere near the height of the tallest mountains. When I got to the top, I was able to see all the houses and building in the town of Santa María de los baños.

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  54. Man from Nantucket Posted on March 24, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Why not just land on the summit and save yourself the walk/climb?

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  55. ftolmsteen Posted on March 24, 2020 at 1:17 am

    Was Olympus Mons a large volcanic island when oceans still existed there?

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  56. faruk celik Posted on March 24, 2020 at 1:44 am

    I liked the video at a shot bullet😀 ,
    Thanx drek 👍

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  57. kleenxwipes Posted on March 24, 2020 at 2:04 am

    fun fact : the blue whale has the longest penis on our home planet

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  58. djembe555 Posted on March 24, 2020 at 2:15 am

    Your voice is perfect the way you express you passion for knowledge about space. I love your channel bro. Keep well and be safe.

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  59. George Choy Posted on March 24, 2020 at 2:53 am

    brilliant, stay safe and keep making these videos

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  60. Reicher Reinhardt Von kesselring Posted on March 24, 2020 at 2:58 am

    Sorry, but no, there are many attributes of Mars that suggests a different story then what Olympus Mons as well as Valles marineris is suggested to be.

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  61. Mangolia Posted on March 24, 2020 at 3:58 am

    Making a video of standing on 2005VX3, the asteroid with the most orbital eccentricity.

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  62. Freezy Boy Posted on March 24, 2020 at 4:03 am

    Been subscribed to this guy for 2 years and i love his videos

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  63. Cesare Vesdani Posted on March 24, 2020 at 4:40 am

    Mars is the most fascinating planet in the Solar System.

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  64. Edward Yankie Posted on March 24, 2020 at 5:31 am

    Another great video. I love your videos.

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  65. Jack Mustard Posted on March 24, 2020 at 5:45 am

    Love the otherworldly and futuristic sound of the background music.

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  66. Avanteesh Motheram Posted on March 24, 2020 at 6:22 am

    Hi there I request you to make a video on dying stars and their life cycle and future candidates

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  67. Rocco Lee Posted on March 24, 2020 at 7:20 am

    I love the topics of your videos man, but you repeat a lot of information

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  68. Universe Science Posted on March 24, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Great video as usual. You speak like Carl Sagan did.

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  69. So Sick And Tired Of All The Needless Beating Posted on March 24, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Don't ever leave us like that again!! Im glad youre back!!

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  70. Kris Grauel Posted on March 24, 2020 at 10:02 am

    The caldera would be beyond awe inspiring. Almost scary.

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  71. Rens Joosten Posted on March 24, 2020 at 11:01 am

    How did the 8km tall cliffs around the mountain form? Is it known?

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  72. TERMINATOR Posted on March 24, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Why did you not uploading video often like in past?

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  73. radanju3 Posted on March 24, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    My gosh this is amazing!

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  74. GTA san Andreas cast Posted on March 24, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    I'm glad you exist man , very educative !
    And I'm a fan of Astronomy myself!

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  75. Spag Hetti Posted on March 24, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Great video. But how does it take 12 minutes for light to reach Mars when it takes 8 minutes to reach the sun

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  76. Rahul Patel Posted on March 24, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Send this Corona Virus on Mars…

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  77. TrollDestroyer86 Posted on March 24, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Also makes me recall a certain quote from the legendary Patrick Stewart – “Perhaps someone alive today will be the first ever to climb it” – The Planets documentary from the 90s

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  78. James French Posted on March 24, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Man, that was killer. I'm actually more interested in the edges of this structure than the summit.
    Imagine looking up at this near plateau from the plain below?
    They discovered it during the Mariner missions when Mars had a worldwide dust storm (I take it to be possible due to the lower gravity and the near vacuum atmosphere) and OM was among Mars volcanic structures poking thru like giant zits 😆.

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  79. Kiril Kirilov Posted on March 24, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    What about climbing another martian volcanoes? Ascraeus Mons or Pavonis Mons for instance. Would the experience be the same?

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  80. Anton Boludo Posted on March 24, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Since you weigh 38% of your Earth weight, it should be about the same difficulty as climbing Mount Everest, assuming you arrive on Mars with your Earth weight, LOL! xD

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  81. whyyoumadbro 352 Posted on March 24, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    I hope when I pass on my soul travels all over this infinite universe and I am able to see Olympus mons from a heavenly view

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