Possible MSL Landing Site Mawrth Vallis
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Possible MSL Landing Site Mawrth Vallis
PSP_010882_2040  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
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HiRISE has examined many possible landing sites for the Mars Science Laboratory rover, including the area visible here.

The rover is schedule to launch in 2011, and will perform a precision landing on the Red Planet. It will carry more advanced scientific instruments than any other mission to Mars to date, contributed by the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Russia and Spain.

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(29 April 2009)

This is a stereo pair with PSP_010816_2040.

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Acquisition date:21 November 2008 Local Mars time:15:47
Latitude (centered):23.954° Longitude (East):340.865°
Range to target site:301.6 km (188.5 miles)Original image scale range:30.2 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~91 cm across are resolved
Map projected scale:25 cm/pixel and North is upMap projection:Equirectangular
Emission angle:18.5° Phase angle:38.0°
Solar incidence angle:57°, with the Sun about 33° above the horizon Solar longitude:161.2°, Northern Summer

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