Candidate Landing Site in NE Syrtis Major
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Candidate Landing Site in NE Syrtis Major
ESP_015942_1980  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
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This image lies in the middle of a candidate landing site in the Northeast part of Syrtis Major, a huge shield volcano, and near the Northwest rim of Isidis Planitia, a giant impact basin.

This region exposes Early Noachian bedrock, more than 4 billion years old, and contains a diversity of hydrated minerals. This would be an excellent place to explore early Mars, when the environment may have been conducive to life.

HiRISE images will help determine if this spot is sufficiently safe for landing--not too many boulders or steep slopes. If it is safe, it may be considered for the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory or the 2018 rovers from Europe and the United States.

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (20 January 2010)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_016443_1980.
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Acquisition date
20 December 2009

Local Mars time:
14:38

Latitude (centered)
17.818°

Longitude (East)
77.112°

Range to target site
279.9 km (174.9 miles)

Original image scale range
28.0 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~84 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection
Equirectangular

Emission angle:
0.2°

Phase angle:
38.9°

Solar incidence angle
39°, with the Sun about 51° above the horizon

Solar longitude
26.4°, Northern Spring

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North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  0.6°
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POSTSCRIPT
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona.