Views of MSL Hardware 12 Days after Landing
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Views of MSL Hardware 12 Days after Landing
ESP_028401_1755  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
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This is the third HiRISE image of MSL on the ground, a less oblique image with slightly higher resolution than the previous images.

The subimage shows a 4x reduced-scale overview, keyed to full-scale cutouts.

The new dark spots (left side) created streaks radial to the descent stage impact site, and may be from far-flung rocks or objects associated with the impact. There are 7 bright spots associated with the descent stage crash site as well that may be pieces of hardware.

There are also bright pieces scattered around the backshell, mostly downrange, and interesting detail in the parachute.

You can see the shadow of the MSL mast extending southeast (downsun) from the Curiosity rover.

This image was acquired looking more directly down (9 degree roll angle) than the prior images so the pixel scale is improved to approximately 0.27 m/pixel. Each cutout is individually stretched to best show the information without saturation. A special noise cleaning method was applied to the images by Paul Geissler of USGS.

Note: In addition to the anaglyphs linked below, this observation has other anaglyph products:
Map projected reduced resolution PNG
Full resolution JP2 downloadd

Written by: Alfred McEwen   (31 August 2012)

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Acquisition date
17 August 2012

Local Mars time:

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Range to target site
272.8 km (170.5 miles)

Original image scale range
27.3 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~82 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection

Emission angle:

Phase angle:

Solar incidence angle
54°, with the Sun about 36° above the horizon

Solar longitude
156.6°, Northern Summer

North azimuth:

Sub-solar azimuth:
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   (575MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (376MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (293MB)
non-map           (286MB)

IRB color
map projected  (111MB)
non-map           (390MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (178MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (170MB)

RGB color
non map           (371MB)
Map-projected, reduced-resolution
Full resolution JP2 download
Anaglyph details page

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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