The Tracks of Curiosity
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The Tracks of Curiosity
ESP_030168_1755  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
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This image was acquired for color coverage of the region that the Curiosity rover may explore, but we acquired some extra RED (monochromatic) coverage of the rover tracks.

This image shows the entire distance traveled from the landing site (dark smudge at left) to its location as of 2 January 2013 (the rover is bright feature at right). The tracks are not seen where the rover has recently driven over the lighter-toned surface, which may be more indurated than the darker soil.

Written by: Alfred McEwen (audio by Tre Gibbs)   (16 January 2013)

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Acquisition date
02 January 2013

Local Mars time:
15:25

Latitude (centered)
-4.592°

Longitude (East)
137.469°

Range to target site
281.3 km (175.8 miles)

Original image scale range
28.1 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~84 cm across are resolved

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25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Equirectangular

Emission angle:
17.4°

Phase angle:
35.8°

Solar incidence angle
52°, with the Sun about 38° above the horizon

Solar longitude
237.0°, Northern Autumn

North azimuth:
96°

Sub-solar azimuth:
341.5°
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For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: http://www.nasa.gov. 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. Lockheed Martin Space Systems is the prime contractor for the project and built the spacecraft. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona. The image data were processed using the U.S. Geological Survey’s ISIS3 software.