The Phoenix Landing Site, 5 Mars Years Later
The Phoenix Landing Site, 5 Mars Years Later
ESP_053451_2485  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
This image is a close match in the viewing and illumination geometry to an earlier observation (PSP_009290_2485) that we acquired on 20 July 2008, about five Mars years ago.

An animation comparing the two images shows a number of changes. The lander (top) appears darker, and is now covered by dust. The dark spot created by the heat shield impact (right) is brighter, again due to dust deposition. The backshell and parachute (bottom) shows a darker parachute and brighter area of impact disturbance, thanks again to deposits of dust. We also see that the parachute has shifted in the wind, moving to the east.

See our Phoenix Lander greatest hits images here.

Written by: Alfred McEwen (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (19 February 2018)
Acquisition date
21 December 2017

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
312.8 km (194.4 miles)

Original image scale range
from 31.3 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) to 62.6 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning)

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel

Map projection

Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
50°, with the Sun about 40° above the horizon

Solar longitude
104.0°, Northern Summer

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  99°
Sub-solar azimuth:  328.2°
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Black & white is 5 km across; enhanced color about 1 km
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