Phoenix Lander Almost 2 Mars Years after Landing
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Phoenix Lander Almost 2 Mars Years after Landing
ESP_025786_2485  Science Theme: Glacial/Periglacial Processes
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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)

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Acquisition date:26 January 2012 Local Mars time:14:37
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

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