Proposed MSL Landing Site in Mawrth Vallis Region
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Proposed MSL Landing Site in Mawrth Vallis Region
PSP_006676_2045  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
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Mawrth Vallis has a rich mineral diversity, including clay minerals that formed by the chemical alteration of rocks or loose “regolith” (soil) by water. The CRISM instrument on the MRO spacecraft detects a variety of clay minerals here, which could signify different processes of formation. The high resolution of the HiRISE camera helps us to see and trace out layers, polygonal fractures, and with CRISM, examine the distribution of various minerals across the surface.

This surface is scientifically compelling for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover, although some of the terrain can be somewhat rough. Scientists use HiRISE images to find the safest possible landing site for the rover.

This is one of four candidate landing sites in the Mawrth Vallis region.
Written by: Jennifer Griffes  (12 March 2008)

This is a stereo pair with PSP_007612_2045.
 
Acquisition date
29 December 2007

Local Mars time:
14:27

Latitude (centered)
24.036°

Longitude (East)
341.170°

Range to target site
289.4 km (180.9 miles)

Original image scale range
28.9 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~87 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection
Equirectangular

Emission angle:
8.2°

Phase angle:
33.1°

Solar incidence angle
41°, with the Sun about 49° above the horizon

Solar longitude
9.8°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  96°
Sub-solar azimuth:  341.3°
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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.