Proposed Future Mars Landing Site: Acidalia Planitia Mud Volcanoes
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Proposed Future Mars Landing Site: Acidalia Planitia Mud Volcanoes
ESP_019612_2250  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   (1 December 2010)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_025203_2250.

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Acquisition date
02 October 2010

Local Mars time:
15:27

Latitude (centered)
44.510°

Longitude (East)
317.183°

Range to target site
301.6 km (188.5 miles)

Original image scale range
30.2 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~91 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Equirectangular

Emission angle:
3.5°

Phase angle:
53.4°

Solar incidence angle
57°, with the Sun about 33° above the horizon

Solar longitude
157.7°, Northern Summer

North azimuth:
96°

Sub-solar azimuth:
342.7°
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