Strange Terrain
Strange Terrain
ESP_068549_1465  Science Theme: Composition and Photometry
This image shows material almost completely filling an impact crater to the northeast of Hale Crater, perhaps water-rich ejecta from Hale itself.

There is a pattern of fractures at two scales and many small cones. There are lots of strange terrains surrounding Hale Crater, perhaps the youngest impact crater on Mars larger than 100 kilometers in diameter. The body that hit Mars, creating Hale, may have impacted ice-rich ground.

Written by: Alfred McEwen (narration: Tre Gibbs)  (11 May 2021)
Acquisition date
11 March 2021

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
251.6 km (156.4 miles)

Original image scale range
50.4 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects ~151 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
50 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection

Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
60°, with the Sun about 30° above the horizon

Solar longitude
15.7°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  39.2°
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   (126MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (76MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (62MB)
non-map           (69MB)

IRB color
map projected  (23MB)
non-map           (84MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (142MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (127MB)

RGB color
non map           (76MB)
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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