PIA09679: Proposed MSL Site in Gale Crater

Proposed MSL Site in Gale Crater


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HiRISE image ( PSP_003453_1750 ) of proposed landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) in Gale Crater.

Observation Toolbox
Acquisition date: 4 April 2007
Local Mars time: 3:22 PM
Degrees latitude (centered): -4.6°
Degrees longitude (East): 137.4°
Range to target site: 270.4 km (169.0 miles)
Original image scale range: 27.1 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~81 cm across are resolved
Map-projected scale: 25 cm/pixel and north is up
Emission angle: 4.2°
Phase angle: 57.5°
Solar incidence angle: 53°, with the Sun about 37° above the horizon
Solar longitude: 223.9°, 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 Sun
System Mars
Target Type Planet Sun
Mission Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Instrument Host Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Curiosity Rover
Host Type Rover Orbiter
Instrument High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
Extra Keywords Crater, Grayscale, Infrared, Map
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2007-05-09
Date in Caption 2007-04-04
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Univ. of Arizona
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA09679
Identifier PIA09679