The area surrounding the mountainous landmark is relatively bare, causing the
huge Martian structure to stand out. When active, Tharsis Tholus was likely much
larger than it is today.
The planet Mars is a bit of an obsession for the human race. We've romanticized
the red planet in everything from movies to video games, and we can't seem to
get enough of the barren, desert-like planet. The European Space Agency isn't
immune to Mars lust, and the organization recently released some stunning images
of one of the planet's most striking features: the Tharsis Tholus volcano.
Presented with false color to highlight its geographical features, the
once-lively mountain is still a sight to behold.