27 May 2008

Phoenix Descends with a Dramatic Backdrop

Posted by Ryan Anderson

You know the mind-blowingly awesome HiRISE image of Phoenix descending to the martian surface on its parachute? It just got better. Check this out:

Phoenix was actually in front of the 10km Heimdall crater from HiRISE‘s perspective! It looks like it is falling right into the giant hole in the ground! Phoenix actually didn’t land in the crater but still. Best. Picture. Ever.

(Hat-tip to Emily at the Planetary Society blog)