The Northwest Floor of Gale Crater
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
The Northwest Floor of Gale Crater
ESP_043816_1750  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
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West of the Curiosity landing site, this image along the northwestern floor of Gale Crater is between Aeolis Mons (informally called “Mt. Sharp”) and the crater rim.

A small, 5 kilometer-diameter impact crater to the west created lobes of ejecta. These light-toned deposits may contain hydrated minerals.

Written by: Sharon Wilson (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (9 March 2016)
 
Acquisition date
01 December 2015

Local Mars time
15:01

Latitude (centered)
-4.714°

Longitude (East)
136.950°

Spacecraft altitude
268.5 km (166.9 miles)

Original image scale range
27.4 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~82 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection
Equirectangular

Emission angle
10.9°

Phase angle
61.1°

Solar incidence angle
53°, with the Sun about 37° above the horizon

Solar longitude
75.8°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  41.9°
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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.