Phoenix Lander Almost 2 Mars Years after Landing
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Phoenix Lander Almost 2 Mars Years after Landing
ESP_025786_2485  Science Theme: Glacial/Periglacial Processes
French   Spanish   Portuguese   Italian   Greek   


Listen to the text  


800  1024  
1152  1280  
1440  1600  
1920  2048  


PDF, 11 x 17 in  


This is one of a series of images to monitor frost patterns at the Phoenix landing site.

The lander and backshell are visible, but not the parachute or the dark halo around the lander which is covered by dust. (Although the lander may appear strange, we have to remember that its solar arrays have collapsed.)

This is the same appearance to the hardware as 1 Mars years ago, in 2010. For views of the lander during the active mission in 2008, see our special releases page.

Written by: Alfred McEwen   (8 February 2012)

Click to share this post on Twitter Click to share this post on Facebook Click to share this post on Google+ Click to share this post on Tumblr

 Image Products: All image links are drag & drop for HiView, or click to download
Grayscale: map projected  non-map

IRB color: map projected  non-map

Merged IRB: map projected

Merged RGB: map projected

RGB color: non-map projected

Grayscale: map-projected (132.0 MB)

IRB color: map-projected (180.0 MB)

Grayscale: map-projected  (69.9 MB),
non-map  (53.0 MB)

IRB color: map projected  (68.3 MB)
non-map  (150.1 MB)

Merged IRB: map projected  (73.8 MB)

Merged RGB: map-projected  (62.8 MB)

RGB color: non map-projected  (125.8 MB)

Grayscale label   Color label
Merged IRB label   Merged RGB label
EDR products

About color products (PDF)
HiView main page

 Observation Toolbox
Acquisition date:26 January 2012 Local Mars time: 2:37 PM
Latitude (centered):68.203° Longitude (East):234.260°
Range to target site:313.3 km (195.8 miles)Original image scale range:31.3 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~94 cm across are resolved
Map projected scale:25 cm/pixelMap projection:Polarstereographic
Emission angle:4.4° Phase angle:48.5°
Solar incidence angle:52°, with the Sun about 38° above the horizon Solar longitude:62.3°, Northern Spring
For non-map projected products:
North azimuth:98° Sub-solar azimuth:324.6°
For map-projected products
North azimuth:35.74°Sub solar azimuth:263.8°

Context map

Usage Policy
All of the images produced by HiRISE and accessible on this site are within the public domain: there are no restrictions on their usage by anyone in the public, including news or science organizations. We do ask for a credit line where possible: Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems is the prime contractor for the project and built the spacecraft. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona. The image data were processed using the U.S. Geological Survey’s ISIS3 software.