Where Curiosity May Roam
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Where Curiosity May Roam
ESP_028823_1755  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
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This image is part of a series of color strips being acquired by HiRISE to support future traverse planning by the Curiosity rover.

The enhanced-color subimage shows an interesting portion of this scene, on the low slopes at the base of "Mount Sharp", where the rover could study deposits with diverse lithologies (rock types). The darkest areas mark deposits of loose, windblown sand. In general the bluer colors mark unaltered igneous minerals whereas the warm colors are due to altered minerals.

The experiments carried by the rover can provide much more detailed information about the compositions and implications for the geologic history of Mars.

Written by: Alfred McEwen   (10 October 2012)

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Acquisition date:19 September 2012 Local Mars time:15:37
Latitude (centered):-4.688° Longitude (East):137.300°
Range to target site:270.2 km (168.9 miles)Original image scale range:27.0 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~81 cm across are resolved
Map projected scale:25 cm/pixel and North is upMap projection:Equirectangular
Emission angle:0.2° Phase angle:54.7°
Solar incidence angle:55°, with the Sun about 35° above the horizon Solar longitude:174.3°, Northern Summer

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