Eberswalde Crater Floor
Eberswalde Crater Floor
ESP_020891_1560  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
This image completes stereo coverage of one of the four candidate landing sites for Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), the big, complex roving laboratory to be launched late this year.

This site appears surprisingly rough in places for a NASA landing site, but MSL will use a new landing system, a hovering “skycrane” that lowers the rover on cables so it lands on six wheels that can adjust to a rough surface.

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (30 January 2011)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_013533_1560.
Acquisition date
10 January 2011

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
259.5 km (161.3 miles)

Original image scale range
26.2 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~79 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection

Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
52°, with the Sun about 38° above the horizon

Solar longitude
214.6°, Northern Autumn

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  96°
Sub-solar azimuth:  5.5°
Black and white
map projected  non-map

IRB color
map projected  non-map

Merged IRB
map projected

Merged RGB
map projected

RGB color
non-map projected

Black and white
map-projected   (976MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (513MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (423MB)
non-map           (579MB)

IRB color
map projected  (158MB)
non-map           (434MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (253MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (240MB)

RGB color
non map           (437MB)
Map-projected, reduced-resolution
Full resolution JP2 download
Anaglyph details page

B&W label
Color label
Merged IRB label
Merged RGB label
EDR products

IRB: infrared-red-blue
RGB: red-green-blue
About color products (PDF)

Black & white is 5 km across; enhanced color about 1 km
For scale, use JPEG/JP2 black & white map-projected images

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