Color Wonderland of Mawrth Valles Region
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Color Wonderland of Mawrth Valles Region
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This image is long and narrow, containing only data from the center six detectors of HiRISE which provide three-color coverage.

This strip passes over the candidate landing site for the Curiosity (MSL) rover. This is one of the most colorful regions of Mars, colored by clays and other altered minerals, like the Painted Desert in Arizona.

The origin of these deposits on Mars is not understood, so MSL would have plenty to be curious about if it lands here.

Written by: Alfred McEwen   (19 January 2011)

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Acquisition date:03 January 2011 Local Mars time:15:32
Latitude (centered):23.895° Longitude (East):341.051°
Range to target site:287.1 km (179.4 miles)Original image scale range:57.4 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects ~172 cm across are resolved
Map projected scale:50 cm/pixel and North is upMap projection:Equirectangular
Emission angle:4.5° Phase angle:59.3°
Solar incidence angle:63°, with the Sun about 27° above the horizon Solar longitude:210.2°, Northern Autumn

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