The Curiosity Rover on 5 June 2017
The Curiosity Rover on 5 June 2017
ESP_050897_1750  Science Theme: Aeolian Processes
HiRISE has been imaging the Curiosity rover about every three months, to monitor the surrounding features for changes such as dune migration or mass wasting on steep slopes. The rover is the bright blue feature in the center of the enhanced-color cutout.

It is impossible to see in a black and white image because it is about the same size and brightness and shape as many bedrock exposures in this area. (Click here for location context.)

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (20 June 2017)
Acquisition date
05 June 2017

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
269.6 km (167.6 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
38°, with the Sun about 52° above the horizon

Solar longitude
15.1°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  23.3°
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   (787MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (435MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (362MB)
non-map           (443MB)

IRB color
map projected  (144MB)
non-map           (353MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (188MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (181MB)

RGB color
non map           (364MB)
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.