A View of the Painted Desert Near Mawrth Vallis
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
A View of the Painted Desert Near Mawrth Vallis
ESP_016394_2045  Science Theme: Geologic Contacts/Stratigraphy


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The clay-rich terrain surrounding Mawrth Vallis is one of the most scenic regions of Mars, a future interplanetary park. Here, we cut a long, oblique view into strips to see the full color coverage in more compact form.

The origin of these altered layers is the subject of continued debates, perhaps to be resolved by a future rover on the surface. We do know that these layers are very ancient, dating back to a time when the environment of Mars was wetter and more habitable, if there were any inhabitants.

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (7 August 2017)

This is a stereo pair with PSP_008245_2045.
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Acquisition date
24 January 2010

Local Mars time:
14:59

Latitude (centered)
24.413°

Longitude (East)
338.881°

Range to target site
323.1 km (201.9 miles)

Original image scale range
32.3 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~97 cm across are resolved

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25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Equirectangular

Emission angle:
28.6°

Phase angle:
14.1°

Solar incidence angle
43°, with the Sun about 47° above the horizon

Solar longitude
42.4°, Northern Spring

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North azimuth:  95°
Sub-solar azimuth:  2.6°
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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.