Possible Future Landing Site for Mars Sample Return
NASA/JPL-Caltech/UArizona
Possible Future Landing Site for Mars Sample Return
ESP_072567_1990  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
This image was acquired based on a hopeful scenario in which the Perseverance rover has an extended mission or two and travels outside of Jezero Crater to explore terrains to the west.

In this scenario, the decision could be made to land the Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission here to pick up samples collected by Perseverance. MSR will probably not land here, but acquisition of a HiRISE stereo pair provides the data needed to assess the risk of landing. The cutout shows that there are diverse colors and textures, so this would be an interesting region to explore.

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (23 March 2022)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_072857_1990.
 
Acquisition date
18 January 2022

Local Mars time
15:46

Latitude (centered)
18.589°

Longitude (East)
76.952°

Spacecraft altitude
278.4 km (173.0 miles)

Original image scale range
28.6 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
Equirectangular

Emission angle
12.3°

Phase angle
43.4°

Solar incidence angle
56°, with the Sun about 34° above the horizon

Solar longitude
159.9°, Northern Summer

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  3.6°
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   (858MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (505MB)

JP2 EXTRAS
Black and white
map-projected  (390MB)
non-map           (531MB)

IRB color
map projected  (153MB)
non-map           (360MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (221MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (212MB)

RGB color
non map           (367MB)
ANAGLYPHS
Map-projected, reduced-resolution
Full resolution JP2 download
Anaglyph details page

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

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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.