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Jezero crater, Mars

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This oblique view looking toward the northwest shows the location where a river valley cuts through the rim of Jezero crater and ends in a fan-shaped delta deposit. The Perseverance Mars rover will land near this delta to search for evidence of past life and collect samples that could be returned to Earth by a later mission. The image mosaic shown was used to identify hazards on the surface such as cliffs and dune fields so that the spacecraft can automatically steer itself away from them as it lands. It will also be used once the rover is safely on the surface to guide the scientific exploration of the landing site. The seamless mosaic is composed of multiple precisely aligned images from the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and has a resolution of 25 centimeters per pixel. The large crater on the delta has a diameter of roughly 1km.


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