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Working on Test of Phoenix Lander's Radar
testing Phoenix's radar

Two participants in testing of the radar system for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander steady a drop weight containing a landing radar and support electronics as it is lifted by a helicopter. The drop weight is tethered to a helicopter out of the scene. For this testing conducted at Dryden Flight Research Center in April 2007, the radar was lowered at speeds simulating the descent of the Phoenix lander during the final minutes before landing.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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