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Phoenix landing site monitoring from HiRISE: January 26, 2012
Filed under pretty pictures, pics of spacecraft in space, amateur image processing, Phoenix, Mars, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Just before the summer solstice, the Sun is 40 degrees above the horizon. The dark bounce mark and bright parachute that originally made the landing site easy to spot have apparently vanished. Now the best way to recognize the landing site is from the dark shadows thrown by the lander and backshell.
NASA / JPL-Caltech / UA / annotations by Emily Lakdawalla
Image scale is 25 cm/pixel. North is to the left. From HiRISE image ESP_025786_2485.
Original image data dated on or about January 26, 2012.
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