A Candidate Landing Site in Utopia Planitia
A Candidate Landing Site in Utopia Planitia
ESP_062898_2060  Science Theme: 
This image samples the smooth plains within one of the areas being considered for setting down China’s lander and rover, expected to launch in 2020.

While smooth on large scales, HiRISE reveals small-scale roughness elements, including craters, boulders, and other features. Such hazards may be avoided by using “terminal hazard avoidance,” a technology China has demonstrated on the Moon.

Utopia Planitia may have been extensively resurfaced by mud flows, so it is an interesting place to investigate potential past subsurface habitability.

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (13 February 2020)
Acquisition date
27 December 2019

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
288.4 km (179.2 miles)

Original image scale range
from 28.9 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) to 57.7 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning)

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
126.7°, Northern Summer

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  10.0°
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   (409MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (278MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (197MB)
non-map           (150MB)

IRB color
map projected  (78MB)
non-map           (205MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (112MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (107MB)

RGB color
non map           (195MB)
B&W label
Color label
Merged IRB label
Merged RGB label
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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
For scale, use JPEG/JP2 black & white map-projected images

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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.