PIA09614: Joint Observation of the Isidis Basin with the Rosetta Mission

Joint Observation of the Isidis Basin with the Rosetta Mission


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This HiRISE image ( PSP_002703_1920 ) of the floor of the Isidis Basin was taken in coordination with the Mars flyby of the European Rosetta mission.

Comparing this image with those taken by the OSIRIS camera onboard Rosetta should help calibrate HiRISE. Since OSIRIS was only able to take low resolution images of Mars, this image was targeted at a broad, bland, expanse of uniform appearance.

However, it is just east of the landing ellipse for the failed European Beagle 2 lander and may help with the search for debris from that mission. This is an example of the international cooperation of HiRISE and the MRO missions.

Observation Toolbox
Acquisition date: 2 February 2007
Local Mars time: 3:40 PM
Degrees latitude (centered): 11.8°
Degrees longitude (East): 91.1°
Range to target site: 277.3 km (173.3 miles)
Original image scale range: 27.7 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~83 cm across are resolved
Map-projected scale: 25 cm/pixel and north is up
Emission angle: 0.1°
Phase angle: 56.9°
Solar incidence angle: 57°, with the Sun about 33° above the horizon
Solar longitude: 188.7°, Northern Autumn

Background Info:

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, is the prime contractor for the project and built the spacecraft. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment is operated by the University of Arizona, Tucson, and the instrument was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp., Boulder, Colo.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mars 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
System Periodic Comets
Target Type Planet Comet
Mission Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Mars Express, Mars Express (MEX), Rosetta
Instrument Host Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mars Express Lander, Rosetta Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter Lander
Instrument High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
Extra Keywords Grayscale, Infrared, Map
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2007-03-07
Date in Caption 2007-02-02
Image Credit NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA09614
Identifier PIA09614