A Textured Mesa
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
A Textured Mesa
ESP_033564_1405  Science Theme: Landscape Evolution
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Also imaged by MRO's Context Camera, this observation shows one of two odd, rounded mesas with a knobby/pitted texture.

This mesa may be the last remnants of a formerly more extensive geologic unit. Given the particular pitted texture, this formation could be ice-rich.

High resolution images can greatly help to characterize the surface texture and allow us to compare other mid-latitude-type landforms, which may have some connection with ice and sublimation degradation processes.

Written by: HiRISE Science Team   (20 November 2013)

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Acquisition date
23 September 2013

Local Mars time:
14:44

Latitude (centered)
-39.210°

Longitude (East)
301.617°

Range to target site
252.9 km (158.1 miles)

Original image scale range
50.6 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects ~152 cm across are resolved

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50 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection
Equirectangular

Emission angle:
8.4°

Phase angle:
68.7°

Solar incidence angle
63°, with the Sun about 27° above the horizon

Solar longitude
26.0°, Northern Spring

North azimuth:
96°

Sub-solar azimuth:
49.8°
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