A Landing Site in Ladon Vallis
A Landing Site in Ladon Vallis
ESP_034987_1595  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
One of the important tasks HiRISE has is to image potential landing sites for future rovers. A landing site must have relatively mild terrain so that the vehicle can land successfully, but it must also contain interesting places to study.

We can imagine that a rover landing here would take a look at the bright patch of ground, to study its composition: were the minerals formed in the presence of water? It might spend some time checking out the rocks excavated out of the small crater to study the minerals just below the surface, tossed out when the impact took place.

Written by: Candy Hansen  (29 January 2014)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_035053_1595.
Acquisition date
12 January 2014

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
261.2 km (162.3 miles)

Original image scale range
26.1 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~78 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
66°, with the Sun about 24° above the horizon

Solar longitude
75.3°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  46.6°
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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.