MSL Curiosity on Sol 157 in Color
MSL Curiosity on Sol 157 in Color
ESP_030313_1755  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
This HiRISE observation was performed in conjunction with a CRISM observation so that they could get good spectral data on the scour zone created by the MSL descent rockets.

The pair of bright white spots in this image shows the area immediately below where sky crane's rockets were pointed. Those areas were "blasted clean" and therefore are bright. The larger dark scour zone resulted from fine dust blown away from the area, exposing a darker substrate.

This is the first time that HiRISE has imaged Curiosity's rover tracks in color.

Note: the above image is non map-projected, so approximate north is down.

Written by: Ross A. Beyer (audio by Tre Gibbs)  (30 January 2013)
Acquisition date
13 January 2013

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
270.4 km (168.1 miles)

Original image scale range
27.1 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
50°, with the Sun about 40° above the horizon

Solar longitude
244.1°, Northern Autumn

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  339.6°
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   (251MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (208MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (117MB)
non-map           (136MB)

IRB color
map projected  (53MB)
non-map           (203MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (75MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (71MB)

RGB color
non map           (213MB)
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.