Phoenix Lander and Hardware
Phoenix Lander and Hardware
PSP_008855_2485  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
As the Phoenix Lander investigates the Martian surface, HiRISE continues to image it and its surroundings. This scene is oriented with north located approximately down. Illumination is from the upper right.

The false color subimage features three main pieces of hardware. The parachute attached by strings to the backshell is located at the top. To the lower left of the parachute is a large dark splotch and a smaller dark dot. The dark dot is the heat shield that protected the Phoenix Lander during its descent. The dark splotch probably formed where the heat shield first hit the surface. The lander itself is seen near the bottom. The solar panels are seen to extend approximately east-west. It is important to check that they extended fully after landing because they are responsible for powering Phoenix and its science operations. The darkness of the surface surrounding the lander is a result of the thrusters disturbing the soil as Phoenix descended.

Written by: Kelly Kolb  (9 July 2008)
Acquisition date
16 June 2008

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
311.9 km (193.8 miles)

Original image scale range
32.0 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~96 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel

Map projection

Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
51°, with the Sun about 39° above the horizon

Solar longitude
86.2°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  96°
Sub-solar azimuth:  330.9°
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Merged IRB
map projected

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map projected

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map-projected   (492MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (580MB)
non-map           (406MB)

IRB color
map projected  (259MB)
non-map           (375MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (346MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (359MB)

RGB color
non map           (345MB)
Map-projected, reduced-resolution
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B&W label
Color label
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IRB: infrared-red-blue
RGB: red-green-blue
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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.