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Unexpected blurring in HiRISE orbiter images

Unexpected blurring in HiRISE orbiter images

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Unexpected blurring in HiRISE orbiter images
Beginning in early 2017, the HiRISE team noticed unexpected blur in some images. This comparison of two images of part of Gusev crater taken March 16, 2016 and January 9, 2018 shows that the later image is blurred. Blurring of the second image reduces its value, because it was taken as part of a campaign to map future potential landing sites at high enough resolution to help mission planning.

Learn more about the blur in this blog entry and in an LPSC abstract by HiRISE principal investigator Alfred McEwen.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

Original image data dated on or about January 9, 2018

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