Get both the Tycho Crater and the Olympus Mons Space Terrains for the new low price of $39.95! These are limited editions of 1,500 pieces each worldwide. Each replica will include a LE numbered name plate and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Each Space Terrain is an exacting recreation of a specific extra-terrestrial topographic detail. MRG has perfected a process by which we digitally combine NASA LRO or MRO radar-scan data with super-high resolution photos to create an unprecedented level of detail! We then output these files in 3D with a resolution down to 16 microns!
Tycho is a prominent crater on the side of the Moon that permanently faces the Earth.
Tycho is believed to have formed about 100 million years ago when an asteroid or comet slammed into the Moon. Material from the impact fell back to the surface as bright rays of ejecta. The rays are visible from Earth with the naked eye, although the crater itself is too small to be seen.
Early lunar maps identified Tycho as a region of interest for exploration. A probe from Earth, Surveyor 7, landed just north of Tycho crater in 1968. A follow-up manned Apollo landing was proposed in 1969, but later canceled on the grounds that the lunar surface was too rugged in that area.
Tycho featured prominently in the film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” in scenes where a 4 million-year-old alien monolith (“Tycho Magnetic Anomaly, or TMA-1) was found, buried 40 feet beneath the lunar surface.
Olympus Mons is the largest known volcano in the solar system, and the youngest large volcano to be found on Mars. Its last eruption may have been as recently as 25 million years ago.
The shield surrounding Olympus Mons has about the same area as the U.S. state of Arizona. One reason the large volcanoes on Mars are so huge is that the crust of Mars does not move like the Earth’s crustal plates do. On Earth, the crust moves over plumes of magma from deep in the Earth, creating a series of small volcanoes, for example, the Hawaiian islands. On Mars, the crust remains stationary and volcanoes grow larger and larger over time.
Visible from Earth with telescopes, Olympus Mons was first spotted in the early 1800s, poking out of the top of the global dust storms that frequently rage around Mars. The volcano was first photographed up-close by the Mariner 4 probe, which sped past Mars in 1964.
Dimensions per item: 12.25"x11.25"x1.25"
Weight Per Item: 5lb/2.26kg
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