MSL Curiosity on Sol 157 in Color
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MSL Curiosity on Sol 157 in Color
ESP_030313_1755  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
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This HiRISE observation was performed in conjunction with a CRISM observation so that they could get good spectral data on the scour zone created by the MSL descent rockets.

The pair of bright white spots in this image shows the area immediately below where sky crane's rockets were pointed. Those areas were "blasted clean" and therefore are bright. The larger dark scour zone resulted from fine dust blown away from the area, exposing a darker substrate.

This is the first time that HiRISE has imaged Curiosity's rover tracks in color.

Note: the above image is non map-projected, so approximate north is down.

Written by: Ross A. Beyer (audio by Tre Gibbs)   (30 January 2013)

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Acquisition date:13 January 2013 Local Mars time:15:14
Latitude (centered):-4.610° Longitude (East):137.444°
Range to target site:271.1 km (169.4 miles)Original image scale range:27.1 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:4.3° Phase angle:46.3°
Solar incidence angle:50°, with the Sun about 40° above the horizon Solar longitude:244.1°, Northern Autumn

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