The Entrance to Mawrth Vallis
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
The Entrance to Mawrth Vallis
ESP_049017_2060  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites


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In Andy Weir’s “The Martian,” stranded astronaut Mark Watney drives from the Ares 3 landing site in Acidalia Planitia towards the Ares 4 landing site in Schiaparelli Crater via Mawrth Vallis. This image covers the entrance to Mawrth Vallis. (Have a look at the scene in 3D).

As you can tell, driving over this terrain will be much more difficult than it was depicted in the novel or the movie.

Written by: Alfred McEwen (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (7 March 2017)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_048595_2060.
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Acquisition date
09 January 2017

Local Mars time:
14:11

Latitude (centered)
25.898°

Longitude (East)
340.243°

Range to target site
292.6 km (182.9 miles)

Original image scale range
58.5 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects ~176 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
50 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection
Equirectangular

Emission angle:
9.7°

Phase angle:
51.8°

Solar incidence angle
58°, with the Sun about 32° above the horizon

Solar longitude
296.3°, Northern Winter

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North azimuth:  96°
Sub-solar azimuth:  311.7°
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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.