Bright Layers North of Meridiani Planum
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Bright Layers North of Meridiani Planum
ESP_020204_1835  Science Theme: Sedimentary/Layering Processes
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This HiRISE image is located North of Meridiani Planum near the landing site of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

The surface adjacent to the edge of the crater is characterized by light-toned, regularly layered sedimentary rock, dark-toned material trapped in degraded crater floors, and knobs. The layered rocks are faulted (offset) in places and folded (see inset of false color image, 1 kilometer/0.6 miles across).

Written by: Sharon Wilson   (5 January 2011)

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Acquisition date:17 November 2010 Local Mars time:15:43
Latitude (centered):3.386° Longitude (East):1.664°
Range to target site:280.6 km (175.4 miles)Original image scale range:56.1 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects ~168 cm across are resolved
Map projected scale:50 cm/pixel and North is upMap projection:Equirectangular
Emission angle:14.9° Phase angle:41.2°
Solar incidence angle:56°, with the Sun about 34° above the horizon Solar longitude:182.9°, Northern Autumn

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