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   (9 July 2007)

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Acquisition date:14 November 2006 Local Mars time:15:03
Latitude (centered):69.218° Longitude (East):234.227°
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/pixelMap projection:Polarstereographic
Emission angle:0.2° Phase angle:59.2°
Solar incidence angle:59°, with the Sun about 31° above the horizon Solar longitude:135.5°, Northern Summer

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