Perseverance on the Ground in Color
Perseverance on the Ground in Color
ESP_068360_1985  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
Perseverance can be seen in this enhanced HiRISE color image at its landing site, six days after touchdown, doing system checks. The site appears to be covered in loose dark material with brighter material underneath. You can see the two bright zones to the sides of the rover that have been scoured clear by the descent stage rockets and the dark material appears to have been funneled outward both in front and behind the rover.

HiRISE can see Perseverance every few days by rolling the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to the side as it passes overhead (eighteen degrees for this image). Perseverance is about 3 by 2.7 meters (10 feet by 9 feet) in size and is about 290 kilometers (180 miles) away from HiRISE in this image.

Written by: Shane Byrne  (1 March 2021)

Acquisition date
25 February 2021

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
276.1 km (171.6 miles)

Original image scale range
29.5 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~88 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection

Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
46°, with the Sun about 44° above the horizon

Solar longitude
8.6°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  96°
Sub-solar azimuth:  351.3°
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   (894MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (552MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (464MB)
non-map           (386MB)

IRB color
map projected  (183MB)
non-map           (372MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (268MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (256MB)

RGB color
non map           (385MB)
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.