'La Mancha' Trench Dug by Phoenix Mars Lander
'La Mancha' Trench Dug by Phoenix Mars Lander

The Surface Stereo Imager camera on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander captured this view on the mission's 148th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 24, 2008), about a week before the lander's final communication.

The view shows a trench called "La Mancha" excavated by Phoenix. Textures of the soil where the arm has disturbed it are indicators of the cloddiness of the soil.

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 NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/Texas A&M University

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