Inactive Phoenix Lander on Mars
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Inactive Phoenix Lander on Mars
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Shown here is one of a series of images design to monitor the Phoenix landing site for changes over time due to atmospheric haze, deposition or removal of dust, or formation of frost as winter approaches.

Frost is not yet apparent here during the middle afternoon, but there is atmospheric haze. This is the first image targeted to the lander since it ceased activity.

A previous image was acquired after the lander had ceased communication, but had been planned while it was still active.

Written by: Alfred McEwen   (2 January 2009)

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Acquisition date:21 December 2008 Local Mars time:15:31
Latitude (centered):68.211° Longitude (East):234.255°
Range to target site:317.2 km (198.3 miles)Original image scale range:31.7 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~95 cm across are resolved
Map projected scale:25 cm/pixelMap projection:Polarstereographic
Emission angle:11.3° Phase angle:66.4°
Solar incidence angle:76°, with the Sun about 14° above the horizon Solar longitude:177.6°, Northern Summer

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