Mission 2020: A Candidate Landing Site in Gusev Crater
NASA/JPL/UArizona
Mission 2020: A Candidate Landing Site in Gusev Crater
ESP_035164_1655  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
As we did for Phoenix in 2008 and the Mars Science Laboratory in 2012, HiRISE has been imaging landing sites for a potential rover mission in 2020.

With HiRISE resolution, mission teams can examine what areas of Mars are flat enough to touchdown safely and also investigate the terrain to satisfy scientific research goals. Gusev Crater, a massive and ancient impact crater, was also the landing site for the rover Spirit in January 2004.

With this image, the science rationale was to investigate nearby opaline silica, carbonates and other aqueous phases.



Written by: HiRISE Science Team (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (2 April 2014)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_036087_1655.
 
Acquisition date
26 January 2014

Local Mars time
15:15

Latitude (centered)
-14.572°

Longitude (East)
175.624°

Spacecraft altitude
263.0 km (163.5 miles)

Original image scale range
26.5 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~80 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection
Equirectangular

Emission angle
6.8°

Phase angle
66.9°

Solar incidence angle
62°, with the Sun about 28° above the horizon

Solar longitude
81.4°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  45.1°
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ANAGLYPHS
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DIGITAL TERRAIN MODEL (DTM)
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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RGB: red-green-blue
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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.