Color View of Spirit at ‘Home Plate’
Color View of Spirit at ‘Home Plate’
PSP_005456_1650  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
This image shows the feature dubbed “Home Plate” in Gusev Crater, the site of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's investigation of the surface.

Spirit is visible inside the perimeter of the bright “Home Plate” feature, near the 5:30 position. This color image was created using only the blue-green and red HiRISE channels, so the “B” in this RGB product was synthesized using data from the two available channels.

Written by: Ken Herkenhoff  (21 November 2007)
Acquisition date
25 September 2007

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
263.6 km (163.8 miles)

Original image scale range
26.9 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
34°, with the Sun about 56° above the horizon

Solar longitude
320.0°, Northern Winter

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  358.7°
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   (1657MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (665MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (732MB)
non-map           (1000MB)

IRB color
map projected  (331MB)
non-map           (780MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (375MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (399MB)

RGB color
non map           (819MB)
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

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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.