Crater Floor and Central Mound in Gale Crater (MSL)
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Crater Floor and Central Mound in Gale Crater (MSL)
PSP_009716_1755  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
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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_009650_1755.



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Acquisition date:22 August 2008 Local Mars time: 3:35 PM
Latitude (centered):-4.613° Longitude (East):137.310°
Range to target site:275.3 km (172.0 miles)Original image scale range:27.5 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~83 cm across are resolved
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Emission angle:13.5° Phase angle:48.7°
Solar incidence angle:59°, with the Sun about 31° above the horizon Solar longitude:116.3°, Northern Summer
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North azimuth:97° Sub-solar azimuth:35.9°
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