Layers in Northeast Sinus Meridiani
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Layers in Northeast Sinus Meridiani
ESP_028353_1815  Science Theme: Geologic Contacts/Stratigraphy
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The objective of this image is to examine the exposure of thin layers along the walls of a few-kilometer-wide valley in Sinus Meridiani.

These layers can then be compared to other observations of layers in the region, allowing scientists to map individual layers over much larger regions than covered by a single image. Understanding the regional extent of layers will aid in studies of the past environmental conditions on Mars that led to the formation of these layers.

Sinus Meridiani also has vast outcrops of sedimentary rocks with a great deal of diversity. The region covers an area about the size of the Colorado plateau in the United States.

Written by: HiRISE Science Team   (28 November 2012)

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Acquisition date:13 August 2012 Local Mars time:15:29
Latitude (centered):1.277° Longitude (East):7.077°
Range to target site:273.5 km (171.0 miles)Original image scale range:27.4 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~82 cm across are resolved
Map projected scale:25 cm/pixel and North is upMap projection:Equirectangular
Emission angle:9.3° Phase angle:61.6°
Solar incidence angle:53°, with the Sun about 37° above the horizon Solar longitude:154.6°, Northern Summer

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