Where Curiosity May Roam
Where Curiosity May Roam
ESP_028823_1755  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
This image is part of a series of color strips being acquired by HiRISE to support future traverse planning by the Curiosity rover.

The enhanced-color subimage shows an interesting portion of this scene, on the low slopes at the base of "Mount Sharp", where the rover could study deposits with diverse lithologies (rock types). The darkest areas mark deposits of loose, windblown sand. In general the bluer colors mark unaltered igneous minerals whereas the warm colors are due to altered minerals.

The experiments carried by the rover can provide much more detailed information about the compositions and implications for the geologic history of Mars.

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (10 October 2012)
Acquisition date
19 September 2012

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
270.2 km (167.9 miles)

Original image scale range
27.0 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~81 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection

Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
55°, with the Sun about 35° above the horizon

Solar longitude
174.3°, Northern Summer

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  11.4°
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   (552MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (687MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (329MB)
non-map           (308MB)

IRB color
map projected  (306MB)
non-map           (575MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (184MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (171MB)

RGB color
non map           (576MB)
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

All of the images produced by HiRISE and accessible on this site are within the public domain: there are no restrictions on their usage by anyone in the public, including news or science organizations. We do ask for a credit line where possible:

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.