Looks like the Dawn flyby of Mars went well
Posted By Emily Lakdawalla
2009/02/21 11:10 CST
Thanks to "OWW" on unmannedspaceflight.com for pointing out this image release on the NASA website: a photo of Mars taken by Dawn, they say, near its closest approach to Mars during its February 17 flyby. According to the caption the illumination is "dawn" light -- it'd be steeply slanting across the landscape, highlighting the scarps and lineations in Tempe Terra, softening any albedo (bright-dark) variations there might be in this spot. I'm especially intrigued by the very smooth apron to the upper left of the steep scarp, that seems to blanket the lineated terrain in the lowlands, covering up any other topographic features that might once have been there. It's quite pretty, and if it was taken near closest approach and is on target, then it seems we should be seeing more good stuff soon! I'm looking forward to it.