Phoenix Lander Almost 2 Mars Years after Landing
Phoenix Lander Almost 2 Mars Years after Landing
ESP_025786_2485  Science Theme: Glacial/Periglacial Processes
This is one of a series of images to monitor frost patterns at the Phoenix landing site.

The lander and backshell are visible, but not the parachute or the dark halo around the lander which is covered by dust. (Although the lander may appear strange, we have to remember that its solar arrays have collapsed.)

This is the same appearance to the hardware as 1 Mars years ago, in 2010. For views of the lander during the active mission in 2008, see our special releases page.

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (8 February 2012)
Acquisition date
26 January 2012

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
312.4 km (194.2 miles)

Original image scale range
31.3 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~94 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel

Map projection

Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
52°, with the Sun about 38° above the horizon

Solar longitude
62.3°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  98°
Sub-solar azimuth:  324.6°
Black and white
map projected  non-map

IRB color
map projected  non-map

Merged IRB
map projected

Merged RGB
map projected

RGB color
non-map projected

Black and white
map-projected   (132MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (180MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (70MB)
non-map           (53MB)

IRB color
map projected  (68MB)
non-map           (150MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (74MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (63MB)

RGB color
non map           (126MB)
B&W label
Color label
Merged IRB label
Merged RGB label
EDR products

IRB: infrared-red-blue
RGB: red-green-blue
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Black & white is 5 km across; enhanced color about 1 km
For scale, use JPEG/JP2 black & white map-projected images

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona.