26 May 2008

HiRISE catches Phoenix landing!

Posted by briony

The HiRISE camera on MRO managed to catch this amazing glimpse of the Phoenix lander as it descended:
HiRISE watches Phoenix descend

Photo credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

As the Phoenix news site points out, this is the first time an image has been taken of a spacecraft descending to the surface of Mars!

Keep an eye out for updates. We’ll be posting more about Phoenix and the landing site in the next few days.

Rock on Phoenix!

Update: Slightly higher res version here.