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

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:15:35
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
Map projected scale:25 cm/pixel and North is upMap projection:Equirectangular
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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