Classification of Mars Pathfinder Rock Surfaces Using Quantitative Morphologic IndicesWe have examined the morphology of rocks in two regions of the MPF landing site in terms of location, size and dimensions, sphericity sphericity and elongation, and have correlated this information with spectral data extracted from associated rock surfaces, with the goal of improving the likelihood of discerning between rock and rock surface types. We use four highly diverse Imager for Mars Pathfinder (IMP) images centered on Mini-Matterhorn and the Rock Garden because they are suited to demonstrate the wide morphologic variation of rocks at the site. A sampling of rocks was chosen at these locations that represented a range of shapes, textures and spectral signatures. In this initial analysis we focused upon the largest rocks that are situated in such a way as to allow easy viewing of most of the faces.
Yingst, R. A. (Wisconsin Univ. Green Bay, WI, United States)
Haldemann, A. F. C. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Lemmon, M. T. (Texas A&M Univ. College Station, TX, United States)