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Phoenix Takes a Picture of Its Solar Panel
 
Phoenix Takes a Picture of Its Solar Panel This artist's animation shows NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander taking a picture of its solar panel with its Surface Stereo Imager. The photographed area is highlighted.

The polygonal-cracking pattern shown in the soil in this animation was observed at Phoenix's landing site.

The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development is by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

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