Emily LakdawallaJun 24, 2008

A milestone for the Phoenix mission success panorama

I mentioned at the end of my earlier blog entry that on sol 28 Phoenix downlinked the last of the images necessary to make the first complete 360-degree color view around the lander. That's true, sort of. Here's the first attempt I've seen to assemble those images in color. It's quite a cool view.

Phoenix' 'Peter Pan' -- first two rows complete

Phoenix' 'Peter Pan' -- first two rows complete
The "click to enlarge" view takes you to a panorama reduced to 25% of the original resolution.

Phoenix camera team leader Mark Lemmon cautioned me that the mission success panorama isn't really quite done. The first two rows, horizon and midfield, are basically complete (though there are a couple of data gaps, so they have to do a couple of retakes). More important, they plan on filling in the terrain nearest the lander, which includes the robotic arm's workspace. Still, it's a milestone to have at least two rows of the panorama in color, for 360 degrees around the lander. Congratulations to the imaging team!

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