Pathfinder Landing Site in IR Color (Released 3 August 2004)

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

This image shows two representations of the same infra-red image covering the region around the Mars Pathfinder landing site. On the left is a grayscale image showing surface temperature, and on the right is a false-color composite made from 3 individual THEMIS bands. The false-color image is colorizedusing a technique called decorrelation stretch (DCS), which emphasizesthe spectral differences between the bands to highlight compositionalvariations.In this image, the green areas are light colored soil and dust, and the pink/magenta is due to basaltic sand. The Pathfinder site is in the green area in the top portion of the image. There is also a purple/indigo unit in the middle of the image that appears to be a bedrock outcrop. This unit has a spectral signature that indicates it may contain the mineral olivine. The catastrophic outflows that carved the channels in the region are probably responsible for exposing this unique rock layer.

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images. 


Image ID: 
I01524004 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2002-04-18 18:52
Tue, 2004-08-03
320 pixels (32 km)
3889 pixels (388 km)
0.099813 km/pixel
0.101985 km/pixel


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