Candidate Landing Site in NE Syrtis Major
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Candidate Landing Site in NE Syrtis Major
ESP_015942_1980  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
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This image lies in the middle of a candidate landing site in the Northeast part of Syrtis Major, a huge shield volcano, and near the Northwest rim of Isidis Planitia, a giant impact basin.

This region exposes Early Noachian bedrock, more than 4 billion years old, and contains a diversity of hydrated minerals. This would be an excellent place to explore early Mars, when the environment may have been conducive to life.

HiRISE images will help determine if this spot is sufficiently safe for landing--not too many boulders or steep slopes. If it is safe, it may be considered for the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory or the 2018 rovers from Europe and the United States.

Written by: Alfred McEwen   (20 January 2010)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_016443_1980.



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Acquisition date:20 December 2009 Local Mars time: 2:38 PM
Latitude (centered):17.818° Longitude (East):77.113°
Range to target site:279.9 km (174.9 miles)Original image scale range:28.0 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~84 cm across are resolved
Map projected scale:25 cm/pixel and North is upMap projection:Equirectangular
Emission angle:0.2° Phase angle:38.9°
Solar incidence angle:39°, with the Sun about 51° above the horizon Solar longitude:26.4°, Northern Spring
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North azimuth:97° Sub-solar azimuth:0.6°
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North azimuth:270°Sub solar azimuth:175.3°

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