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Originally posted by MarktheSkepticUK
If there isnt any footage, i hope this new lander in 7 days sucseeds its trip, and does just as ive said.
A camera on the end of a roboti arm doing a full 360. C`mon nasa not too much to ask
Originally posted by Soylent Green Is People
There is no video camera on the Phoenix Lander (set to land next Sunday, May 25th)
There is really nothing scientific that a video camera could capture that a High-Resolution still camera could not. Video cameras bytheir nature are not usually as high-resolution as a still image camera. A series of still camera shots can capture a 360 degree panorama, and I'm sure NASA will do so, just like they have in the past with all of their other landers and rovers.
Every ounce and every gram of payload is precious for a Mars probe, and I would rather have them save the weight that a video camera would take for another scientific instrument that could help solve the "is there/was there life on Mars" question. If they sent up a video camera, they would have to leave out another scientific instrument.
[edit on 5/18/2008 by Soylent Green Is People]