Well, everyone in the astronomical community has been following the amazing images and data coming down from Mars since Phoenix landed last Sunday. So in case you missed it, here are some of the most amazing images you will see.
The first image is taken from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the HiRISE camera. It shows Phoenix as it is descending beneath its parachute!
The second image was taken as Phoenix descended, but from a different point of view. The crater is referred to as “Heimdall” and the lander is descending not into the crater, but past it. The POV can fool you.
This third image shows the Phoenix lander sitting on the surface of Mars, and you can also see where the heat shield, parachute, and backshell have landed as well.
Aren’t those images amazing? The image of Phoenix descending past the crater is something never before seen in the decades of space travel and missions to other worlds. It is truly a one-of-a-kind shot.
And if these weren’t enough, how about some sound? Yes, you read correctly!! The European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter was monitoring the landers’ radio transmissions as it approached the Martian surface, and you can actually hear this audio for yourselves.
Pretty cool, eh?
We hope you will continue to follow the mission (as all of us are) and be amazed and transfixed by the science coming to us from millions of miles away in space.
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