Curiosity on the Move
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Curiosity on the Move
ESP_028612_1755  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites

The latest HiRISE color image of MSL shows new details.

Subimage 1 shows the rover and its tracks after a few short drives. Tracking the tracks over time will provide information on how the surface changes over time as dust is deposited and eroded.

Subimage 2 shows the parachute and backshell, now in color. The outer band of the parachute has a reddish color.

Subimage 3 shows the descent stage crash site, now in color, and several distant spots (blue in enhanced color) downrange that are probably the result of distant secondary impacts that disturbed the surface dust. (See also this observation for more detail about the sky crane impact.)

These images were acquired on 2 September 2012, at approximately 22:59:37 (GMT).

For other HiRISE images of Curiosity, click here.
Written by: Alfred McEwen   (6 September 2012)

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Acquisition date:02 September 2012 Local Mars time:15:33
Latitude (centered):-4.647° Longitude (East):137.440°
Range to target site:273.4 km (170.9 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:9.0° Phase angle:62.9°
Solar incidence angle:54°, with the Sun about 36° above the horizon Solar longitude:165.3°, Northern Summer

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