Curiosity Trek
Curiosity Trek
ESP_043539_1755  Science Theme: Aeolian Processes
The Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity, continues its exciting traverse of Mars. In an image acquired in September, it was exploring the boundary between two rock units: the light-toned Murray Formation and the overlying and darker-toned Stimson unit. We can clearly see the rover in a complex terrain marked by tonally varied rocks, which on the surface, can correspond to the contact between rock units and dark sand.

In a second more recent image, the rover has moved quite aways from its previous location: it’s now further south, closer to the dark Bagnold dune field. These red lines delineate the boundary of a sandstone outcrop imaged by Curiosity’s Mastcam camera on 27 August 2015.

Written by: Nathan Bridges (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (9 December 2015)
Acquisition date
10 November 2015

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
266.5 km (165.6 miles)

Original image scale range
30.8 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~92 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
66.3°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  96°
Sub-solar azimuth:  45.2°
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   (1248MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (744MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (600MB)
non-map           (454MB)

IRB color
map projected  (198MB)
non-map           (423MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (315MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (303MB)

RGB color
non map           (412MB)

HiClip mini HD

B&W label
Color label
Merged IRB label
Merged RGB label
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IRB: infrared-red-blue
RGB: red-green-blue
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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.