It’s not just our own beautiful planet that’s blessed with mountains, but, that being said, I think it will be a long time before explorers will be aiming to climb the highest mountains on other planets that share our sun. That doesn’t stop us from taking a look at them, just as many only looked on at Everest until not so long ago.
Lets take a look at some of the highest points around our Solar System. Please note that we base our mountains on Earth as the distance above sea level when judging height. Most approximate measurements for planets/moons other than Earth are used using the average height of land on the planet/moon as a whole.
Olympus Mons – Mars
Height. 27 km (17 miles)
Yes that is huge isn’t it? Standing at approximately 3 times the height of Everest, Olympus Mons is the highest Mountain in the Solar System.
Boosaule Montes – IO (One of Jupiter’s Moons)
Height. 16 km (10 miles)
Unlike our moon, IO is extremely active and volcanic. Eruptions have been seen sending plumes over 500 km into space. The highest of all the volcanos here is Boosaule Montes. A place no man will be setting foot on I fear. It is situated in the bottom of this picture.
Maxwell Montes – Venus
Height. 11 km m (6.8 miles)
Standing as the highest point on Venus, Maxwell Montes is hard to see as mountain in itself. To put in perspective it is 850 km (530 miles) long and 700 km (435 miles) wide.
The radar picture below shows its Western side. The crater you can see (Cleopatra) is 100km in diameter.
Beta – Earth’s Moon (Leibnitz Range)
Height – Estimates up to 11 km (6.8 miles)
Near the South Pole of our very own moon lies Beta. It is higher than Everest is above Sea level according to most estimates. Now there is a challenge for an astronoaut with a trekking mind?
Verona Rupes – Miranda (A moon of Uranus)
The Highest known cliffs in the Solar System
it is not exactly known how they were formed but one can only ‘try’ and imagine standing at the top of them or looking up at them. They range from 5 km (3 miles) to a staggering 10km (6.2 miles) in height.
Now that is one abseil yes? Hope you have a head for heights.
These are just a few of the many heights to be explored out there. I am sure there are many more to be found and explored in more detail. Even the sights of them will become clearer. I for one am more than happy travelling up hills and mountains on our own beautiful planet. But we can sit back in awe at what we know and what we can discover.