Inactive Phoenix Lander on Mars
Inactive Phoenix Lander on Mars
ESP_011268_2485  Science Theme: Other
Shown here is one of a series of images design to monitor the Phoenix landing site for changes over time due to atmospheric haze, deposition or removal of dust, or formation of frost as winter approaches.

Frost is not yet apparent here during the middle afternoon, but there is atmospheric haze. This is the first image targeted to the lander since it ceased activity.

A previous image was acquired after the lander had ceased communication, but had been planned while it was still active.

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (2 January 2009)
Acquisition date
21 December 2008

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
311.6 km (193.6 miles)

Original image scale range
31.7 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~95 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel

Map projection

Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
76°, with the Sun about 14° above the horizon

Solar longitude
177.6°, Northern Summer

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  96°
Sub-solar azimuth:  329.7°
Black and white
map projected  non-map

IRB color
map projected  non-map

Merged IRB
map projected

Merged RGB
map projected

RGB color
non-map projected

Black and white
map-projected   (2779MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (1046MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (1969MB)
non-map           (1004MB)

IRB color
map projected  (983MB)
non-map           (964MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (441MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (428MB)

RGB color
non map           (1067MB)
B&W label
Color label
Merged IRB label
Merged RGB label
EDR products

IRB: infrared-red-blue
RGB: red-green-blue
About color products (PDF)

Black & white is 5 km across; enhanced color about 1 km
For scale, use JPEG/JP2 black & white map-projected images

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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. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona.