A Unique View of Curiosity Rover in Yellowknife Bay
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
A Unique View of Curiosity Rover in Yellowknife Bay
ESP_032436_1755  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
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This image was acquired with a large spacecraft roll to the east when the subsolar latitude was -7.26 degrees, close to the latitude of MSL (-4.6 degrees), resulting in an image with the sun, the MRO spacecraft, and the MSL Curiosity rover on the surface all aligned in nearly a straight line (phase angle of just 5.47 degrees).

This geometry hides shadows and better reveals subtle color variations. With enhanced colors, we can view the region around the landing site and Yellowknife Bay. The rover is the very bright spot near the lower right. The rover tracks stand out clearly in this view, extending west to the landing site where two bright, relatively blue spots indicate where MSL's landing jets cleared off the redder surface dust.

The rover is now driving south towards the large mound in Gale Crater officially named Aeolis Mons and also called "Mount Sharp."

Written by: Alfred McEwen   (24 July 2013)

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Acquisition date
27 June 2013

Local Mars time:
14:21

Latitude (centered)
-4.626°

Longitude (East)
137.453°

Range to target site
307.6 km (192.2 miles)

Original image scale range
30.8 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~92 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection
Equirectangular

Emission angle:
29.9°

Phase angle:
5.5°

Solar incidence angle
35°, with the Sun about 55° above the horizon

Solar longitude
342.7°, Northern Winter

North azimuth:
96°

Sub-solar azimuth:
0.1°
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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.