Color Coverage of Candidate Landing Site in Holden Crater

The four candidate Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) landing sites have been completely covered by HiRISE, in stereo. However, the color coverage is only the center 20 percent of each full HiRISE observation.This observation was acquired in color only, to extend the color coverage.

The subimage shows an enhanced-color portion where some of the light-toned layered deposits are well-exposed beneath the dark windblown materials. The layers may have been deposited in ancient lakes. Catastrophic floods through this crater may have ripped apart and rearranged large blocks of the layered material.

Written by: Alfred McEwen   (16 February 2011)

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona