Curiosity Tracks and Descent Stage Debris
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Curiosity Tracks and Descent Stage Debris
ESP_028678_1755  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
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This is another HiRISE image acquired to provide more coverage of the landing region in the narrow color swath.

The new color coverage reveals new dark and relatively blue spots that are arrayed radially downrange from the impact site of the descent stage or sky crane system (see this image for previously identified spots. The largest spot in this new subimage (right edge) was identified previously. (Click here for an unannotated version).

After gently placing the rover on the surface, the descent stage was programmed to fly away and crash at a safe distance, to ensure the landing site was not contaminated by fuel. Debris from this crash then made secondary impacts, which are dark and relatively blue because they disturb the bright dust covering the surface.

The image also provides another look (black and white only) at the rover tracks as they appeared on September 8, 2012.

Written by: Alfred McEwen   (17 October 2012)

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Acquisition date
08 September 2012

Local Mars time:
15:41

Latitude (centered)
-4.646°

Longitude (East)
137.426°

Range to target site
281.6 km (176.0 miles)

Original image scale range
28.2 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~85 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Equirectangular

Emission angle:
16.9°

Phase angle:
40.1°

Solar incidence angle
56°, with the Sun about 34° above the horizon

Solar longitude
168.1°, Northern Summer

North azimuth:
96°

Sub-solar azimuth:
15.0°
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For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: http://www.nasa.gov. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems is the prime contractor for the project and built the spacecraft. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona. The image data were processed using the U.S. Geological Survey’s ISIS3 software.