Descent of the Phoenix Lander

Eric | May 28, 2008

image I am truly amazed by this picture of the Phoenix Lander, parachuting down to the surface of Mars. Not only does this image come from a planet that’s damn far away, the photo was also shot from an incredibly large distance. MRO was 760km away from the lander when it took this shot. I would like a camera like that!


imageThis second image is not less remarkable, showing the lander itself (top left), the discarded heat shield (middle) and the parachute (bottom left).

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