Einstein and Mars
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Einstein and Mars
ESP_045344_1420  Science Theme: Sedimentary/Layering Processes


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In February 1917, Albert Einstein wrote in a letter: “It is a pity that we do not live on Mars and just observe man’s nasty antics by telescope.” We do have a telescope at Mars, but we use it to image Mars rather than Earth, such as this image of bizarre landforms in Gorgonum Basin.

This basin may have contained an ancient lake, with channels draining into the lake from the sides. After sediments are deposited, they become hardened to varying degrees, then eroded by the wind. More hardened bedrock will remain as high-standing topography following erosion of the weaker materials, perhaps inverting the initial forms. For example, high-standing linear or meandering topography may have been fluvial channels. The enhanced-color cutout shows some of the bedrock as well as dark sand.

Written by: Alfred McEwen (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (15 July 2016)
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Acquisition date
29 March 2016

Local Mars time:
15:15

Latitude (centered)
-37.791°

Longitude (East)
190.612°

Range to target site
255.2 km (159.5 miles)

Original image scale range
51.1 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects ~153 cm across are resolved

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50 cm/pixel and North is up

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Equirectangular

Emission angle:
7.8°

Phase angle:
78.7°

Solar incidence angle
73°, with the Sun about 17° above the horizon

Solar longitude
129.6°, Northern Summer

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North azimuth:  96°
Sub-solar azimuth:  48.2°
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POSTSCRIPT
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. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona.