Landing in Oxia Planum
Landing in Oxia Planum
ESP_060015_1980  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
This image shows a cratered area to the southeast of the ExoMars 2020 Rosalind Franklin rover landing site at Oxia Planum.

Selecting and characterizing landing sites is a balance between having science targets and avoiding potential obstacles, and HiRISE is used for both purposes.

Craters like this one excavate material from within the crust, including both sedimentary and igneous rocks, and scatter this material far from the crater itself. This is one of the ways that so-called “float rocks” (rocks that are not connected to their original outcrop) can occur across a landing site: they are often ejecta from distant impacts.

Here, an ejecta blanket is visible in the rays of material surrounding this 2-kilometer diameter crater. The ExoMars rover has a suite of cameras and a close-up imager (called CLUPI) that will be used to study these float rocks. Studying such samples has been an important way of learning about the deep crust of Mars on previous missions, notably the Spirit and Opportunity rovers and now, Curiosity.

Written by: John Bridges (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (10 June 2019)
Acquisition date
16 May 2019

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
281.4 km (174.9 miles)

Original image scale range
28.3 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~85 cm across are resolved

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25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Solar incidence angle
36°, with the Sun about 54° above the horizon

Solar longitude
26.1°, Northern Spring

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North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  0.4°
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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.