Some context for the "Sol 0" images
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla
26-05-2008 10:42 CDT
A brief housekeeping note: if you check this site using an RSS feed, you may have missed some of my posts from yesterday, as it looks like the RSS feed updates didn't happen quite right yesterday. Try coming to the blog homepage and going through the archive to see them all.
This is a really cool image, put together by Doug Ellison, giving some context for the photos that the lander took of itself yesterday. The photos were taken to document the deployments of the solar panels, the bio-barrier around the robotic arm, the meteorological mast, and other stuff; if things hadn't gone well last night, the photos would not have matched the base image. But the match is perfect! The base image was taken from the Texas A & M website that has much more information about the Phoenix camera system.
I'm getting a slow start to the morning, but will be up at JPL for the press briefing currently scheduled for 11 am my time (18:00 UTC). I will probably show up in the Ustream channel off and on this morning as well. Stay tuned!
Or read more blog entries about:
Fifteen years ago, Society members and passionate space advocates like you helped save the Pluto mission. Now we can do the same for missions to Europa and Mars.
Join over 27,600 people who have completed their petition and consider a donation to support advocacy efforts.