A Possible Landing Region for a Future Mars Sample Return
A Possible Landing Region for a Future Mars Sample Return
ESP_062886_1990  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
Although the “Mars 2020” rover (to be renamed) is planned to land inside Jezero Crater, HiRISE continues to image the regions to the west of the crater because the rover may drive into this area in its extended mission.

If so, this western region may be a potential location to set down a future mission that might carry an ascent vehicle and a “fetch” rover. The enhanced color cutout highlights an interesting portion of this image, with fractured bedrock and wind-blown dunes.

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (28 January 2020)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_063308_1990.
Acquisition date
26 December 2019

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
280.7 km (174.5 miles)

Original image scale range
28.7 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~86 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection

Emission angle

Phase angle

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

Solar longitude
126.2°, Northern Summer

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  17.4°
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IRB color
map-projected   (552MB)

Black and white
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non-map           (461MB)

IRB color
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non-map           (379MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (251MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (243MB)

RGB color
non map           (378MB)
Map-projected, reduced-resolution
Full resolution JP2 download
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IRB: infrared-red-blue
RGB: red-green-blue
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Black & white is 5 km across; enhanced color about 1 km
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