Colorful Impact
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Colorful Impact
ESP_055541_1815  Science Theme: Landscape Evolution
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Some regions of Mars are not very colorful, but we can be surprised by local features. This image of an impact crater in the south Syrtis Major region was acquired as a “ride-along” with a CRISM observation, which targeted this location because that instrument’s team expected a distinct composition.

Our enhanced image reveals colors ranging from red to green to blue. These are infra-red shifted colors (infrared-red-blue) so it’s different than what we would see with our eyes.

Written by: Alfred McEwen (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (15 October 2018)
 
Acquisition date
02 June 2018

Local Mars time:
15:28

Latitude (centered)
1.276°

Longitude (East)
68.351°

Spacecraft altitude
266.4 km (166.5 miles)

Original image scale range
53.3 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects ~160 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
50 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection
Equirectangular

Emission angle:
4.6°

Phase angle:
57.0°

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

Solar longitude
186.1°, Northern Autumn

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  2.1°
JPEG
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

JP2
Black and white
map-projected   (207MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (137MB)

JP2 EXTRAS
Black and white
map-projected  (111MB)
non-map           (110MB)

IRB color
map projected  (49MB)
non-map           (135MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (232MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (204MB)

RGB color
non map           (118MB)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
B&W label
Color label
Merged IRB label
Merged RGB label
EDR products
HiView

NB
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

USAGE POLICY
All of the images produced by HiRISE and accessible on this site are within the public domain: there are no restrictions on their usage by anyone in the public, including news or science organizations. We do ask for a credit line where possible:
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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.