Proposed MSL Landing Site in Eberswalde Crater
Proposed MSL Landing Site in Eberswalde Crater
PSP_007481_1560  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
This image covers a portion of Eberswalde Crater, which has an ancient deltaic depositional setting. Eberswalde is an approximately 65 kilometer diameter, closed basin crater. This image was targeted in the landing ellipse as a possible site for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory mission. The image shows resistant mounds and knobs as well as a scoured surface.

The CRISM instrument on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has detected phyllosilicates (clays) in the bright layers in the crater. One of the ways clays form on Earth is when water erodes rock and makes fine particles which settle out of water; this often occurs in river deltas and lake beds. The delta and meandering channels in Eberswalde Crater (to the west of the landing ellipse) and the detection of phyllosilicates provides evidence for possible persistent aqueous activity on Mars.

Written by: Jennifer Griffes  (16 April 2008)

This is a stereo pair with PSP_010474_1560.
Acquisition date
01 March 2008

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Spacecraft altitude
258.0 km (160.3 miles)

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59°, with the Sun about 31° above the horizon

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39.0°, Northern Spring

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