Dirty Lander

Dirt on Mars Lander

Over the past few months, NASA’s robotic arm has been making a bit of a mess. This image, taken by the Surface Stereo Imager (SSI) of NASA’s Phoenix Lander, shows Martian soil piled on top of the spacecraft’s deck and some of its instruments. Visible in the upper-left portion of the image are several wet chemistry cells of the lander’s Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA). The instrument on the lower right of the image is the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer. The excess sample delivered to the MECA’s sample stage can be seen on the deck in the lower left portion of the image.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Max Planck Institute

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~ by aspoeth on November 13, 2008.

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