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Phoenix lander before and after a Martian winter

Phoenix lander before and after a Martian winter

NASA / JPL-Caltech / UA / Emily Lakdawalla

Phoenix lander before and after a Martian winter
Two images of the Phoenix lander taken by the HiRISE camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on July 20, 2008 (top) and May 7, 2010 (bottom) document the damage done to the lander by the intervening Martian polar winter. The images are enlarged by a factor of three. The two most obvious differences are a lack of bright reflection from the metal surfaces of the lander's main body -- which suggest that it is covered with dust -- and the disappearance of the solar panels and their accompanying shadows -- which suggest that the panels collapsed over the winter.

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