Potential Future Mars Landing Site: Mounds in Acidalia Planitia
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Potential Future Mars Landing Site: Mounds in Acidalia Planitia
ESP_017950_2205  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
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This proposed future Mars landing site in Acidalia Planitia targets densely occurring mounds thought to be "mud" volcanoes.

Mud volcanoes are geological structures formed when a mixture of gas, liquid and fine-grained rock (or mud) is forced to the surface from several meters to kilometers underground. Scientists are targeting these mud volcanoes because the sediments, brought from depth, could contain organic materials that might provide evidence for possible past and present microbial life on Mars.

Written by: Sharon Wilson   (22 December 2010)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_018583_2205.

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Acquisition date:26 May 2010 Local Mars time:15:12
Latitude (centered):40.069° Longitude (East):333.251°
Range to target site:300.5 km (187.8 miles)Original image scale range:30.1 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~90 cm across are resolved
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