A Wild Assortment of Jumbled Rocks
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
A Wild Assortment of Jumbled Rocks
ESP_026412_2035  Science Theme: Geologic Contacts/Stratigraphy
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This image covers a region of Mars near Nili Fossae that contains some of the best exposures of ancient bedrock on Mars.

The enhanced-color subimage shows part of the ejecta from an impact crater. The impact broke up already diverse rocks types and mixed them together to create this wild jumble of colors, each representing a different type of rock.

Written by: Alfred McEwen   (28 March 2012)

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Acquisition date:15 March 2012 Local Mars time:15:08
Latitude (centered):23.033° Longitude (East):72.602°
Range to target site:283.8 km (177.4 miles)Original image scale range:56.8 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects ~170 cm across are resolved
Map projected scale:50 cm/pixel and North is upMap projection:Equirectangular
Emission angle:9.3° Phase angle:34.1°
Solar incidence angle:43°, with the Sun about 47° above the horizon Solar longitude:83.6°, Northern Spring

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