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Mars Panorama of Phoenix Landing Site and Lander Deck

Friday 27 May 2011

Image Credit:NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Texas A&M University

Mission: Phoenix Lander.

Instrument: Surface Stereo Imager.

This view combines hundreds of images taken during the first several weeks after NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander arrived on an arctic plain at 68.22 degrees north latitude, 234.25 degrees east longitude on Mars. The landing was on May 25, 2008. The full-circle panorama in approximately true color shows the polygonal patterning of ground at the landing area, similar to patterns in permafrost areas on Earth. The center of the image is the westward part of the scene. Trenches where Phoenix’s robotic arm has been exposing subsurface material are visible in the right half of the image. The spacecraft’s meteorology mast, topped by the telltale wind gauge, extends into the sky portion of the panorama. Other Phoenix instruments, the lander’s deck, and its two solar arrays are also visible. The robotic arm is not in the scene. This view comprises more than 100 different camera pointings, with images taken through three different filters at each pointing. It is presented here as a cylindrical projection.

The Phoenix Mars Lander mission was led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission was by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development was by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

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