Northern Plains Sample (Possible Phoenix Lander Site)
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Northern Plains Sample (Possible Phoenix Lander Site)
PSP_001418_2495  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
This view shows the texture of the ground in the area favored as a landing site for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander mission. The pattern resembles permafrost terrain on Earth, where cycles of thawing and freezing cause cracking into polygon shapes.

The above subimage, covering a patch of ground about 700 meters (2,300 feet) across.

(The subimage appears courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona).Written by: HiRISE Science Team  (27 December 2006)

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Acquisition date
14 November 2006

Local Mars time:

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Range to target site
311.7 km (194.8 miles)

Original image scale range
31.2 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~94 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel

Map projection

Emission angle:

Phase angle:

Solar incidence angle
59°, with the Sun about 31° above the horizon

Solar longitude
135.5°, Northern Summer

North azimuth:

Sub-solar azimuth:
Black and white
map projected  non-map

IRB color
map projected  non-map

Merged IRB
map projected

Merged RGB
map projected

RGB color
non-map projected

Black and white
map-projected   (98MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (99MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (49MB)
non-map           (40MB)

IRB color
map projected  (27MB)
non-map           (84MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (32MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (33MB)

RGB color
non map           (74MB)
B&W label
Color label
Merged IRB label
Merged RGB label
EDR products

IRB: infrared-red-blue
RGB: red-green-blue
About color products (PDF)

Black & white is 5 km across; enhanced color about 1 km
For scale, use JPEG/JP2 black & white map-projected images

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