HiRISE image of proposed landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) in Margaritifer Basin.
Image PSP_002193_1670 was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on 14-Jan-2007. The complete image is centered at -12.9 degrees latitude, 337.9 degrees East longitude. The range to the target site was 263.9 km (164.9 miles). At this distance the image scale is 26.4 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~79 cm across are resolved.
The image shown here has been map-projected to 25 cm/pixel and north is up. The image was taken at a local Mars time of 03:42 PM and the scene is illuminated from the west with a solar incidence angle of 58 degrees, thus the sun was about 32 degrees above the horizon. At a solar longitude of 166.5 degrees, the season on Mars is Northern Summer.