Color Wonderland of Mawrth Valles Region
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Color Wonderland of Mawrth Valles Region
ESP_020798_2040  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
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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:

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

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 up

Map projection

Emission angle:

Phase angle:

Solar incidence angle
63°, with the Sun about 27° above the horizon

Solar longitude
210.2°, Northern Autumn

North azimuth:

Sub-solar azimuth:
Black and white
map projected  non-map

IRB color
map projected  non-map

Merged IRB
map projected

Merged RGB
map projected

RGB color
non-map projected

Black and white
map-projected   (237MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (618MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (134MB)
non-map           (113MB)

IRB color
map projected  (281MB)
non-map           (514MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (478MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (376MB)

RGB color
non map           (455MB)
B&W label
Color label
Merged IRB label
Merged RGB label
EDR products

IRB: infrared-red-blue
RGB: red-green-blue
About color products (PDF)

Black & white is 5 km across; enhanced color about 1 km
For scale, use JPEG/JP2 black & white map-projected images

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