June 5, 2008
How Phoenix Looks Under Itself
This is an animation of NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander reaching with its Robotic Arm and taking a picture of the surface underneath the lander. The image at the conclusion of the animation was taken by Phoenix’s Robotic Arm Camera (RAC) on the eighth Martian day of the mission, or Sol 8 (June 2, 2008). The light feature in the middle of the image below the leg is informally called “Holy Cow.” The dust, shown in the dark foreground, has been blown off of “Holy Cow” by Phoenix’s thruster engines.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Max Planck Institute/SSV