Color Coverage of Candidate Landing Site in Holden Crater
Color Coverage of Candidate Landing Site in Holden Crater
ESP_020812_1530  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
The four candidate Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) landing sites have been completely covered by HiRISE, in stereo. However, the color coverage is only the center 20 percent of each full HiRISE observation.This observation was acquired in color only, to extend the color coverage.

The subimage shows an enhanced-color portion where some of the light-toned layered deposits are well-exposed beneath the dark windblown materials. The layers may have been deposited in ancient lakes. Catastrophic floods through this crater may have ripped apart and rearranged large blocks of the layered material.

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (16 February 2011)
Acquisition date
04 January 2011

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
258.1 km (160.4 miles)

Original image scale range
52.3 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects ~157 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
50 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection

Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
54°, with the Sun about 36° above the horizon

Solar longitude
210.8°, Northern Autumn

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  9.7°
Black and white
map projected  non-map

IRB color
map projected  non-map

Merged IRB
map projected

Merged RGB
map projected

RGB color
non-map projected

Black and white
map-projected   (79MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (201MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (45MB)
non-map           (44MB)

IRB color
map projected  (108MB)
non-map           (209MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (174MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (137MB)

RGB color
non map           (187MB)
B&W label
Color label
Merged IRB label
Merged RGB label
EDR products

IRB: infrared-red-blue
RGB: red-green-blue
About color products (PDF)

Black & white is 5 km across; enhanced color about 1 km
For scale, use JPEG/JP2 black & white map-projected images

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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.