Crater Floor and Central Mound in Gale Crater (MSL)
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Crater Floor and Central Mound in Gale Crater (MSL)
PSP_009650_1755  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
This observation was taken on the western edge of the proposed landing ellipse for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover in Gale Crater.

The top of the image shows a relatively smooth and boulder-free area for the rover to land and traverse safely. In the bottom half of the image, light-toned material, layered mounds, dunes and etched terrain are visible near the base of the large mound in the center of Gale Crater.

Written by: Sharon Wilson Purdy  (1 September 2008)

This is a stereo pair with PSP_009716_1755.

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Acquisition date
17 August 2008

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Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Range to target site
273.9 km (171.2 miles)

Original image scale range
27.4 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~82 cm across are resolved

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25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Solar incidence angle
57°, with the Sun about 33° above the horizon

Solar longitude
113.9°, Northern Summer

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