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Originally posted by mattguy404
Heh he, another run away thread...
Alright, just a few quick things. No. 1, what are the chances of a man-made object landing on another planet 420 million miles away and landing smack bang near some interesting alien artifacts? The mind boggles at the infinitely small chance that that could happen.
Further, what are the chances that the very first thing it snaps, using its low quality camera, is an anomaly on the horizon?
[edit on 26-5-2008 by mattguy404]
What is the white, vertical object in one of the landscape photos from Landing Day?
This is certainly an object of interest, but we don’t know what it is yet. Our Principal Investigator Peter Smith addressed this question at a press conference earlier today. Remember the first images are compressed, and we are waiting for images of higher resolution. Our priority now is to begin the Characterization Phase of the mission, which includes taking panoramic images of our landing site. We know you want to see a Martian Artic panorama first! Thank you for your patience and we will keep you posted.
NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander can be seen parachuting down to Mars, in this image captured by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. This is the first time that a spacecraft has imaged the final descent of another spacecraft onto a planetary body.
From a distance of about 310 kilometers (193 miles) above the surface of the Red Planet, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter pointed its HiRISE obliquely toward Phoenix shortly after it opened its parachute while descending through the Martian atmosphere. The image reveals an apparent 10-meter-wide (30-foot-wide) parachute fully inflated. The bright pixels below the parachute show a dangling Phoenix. The image faintly detects the chords attaching the backshell and parachute. The surroundings look dark, but corresponds to the fully illuminated Martian surface, which is much darker than the parachute and backshell.
Phoenix released its parachute at an altitude of about 12.6 kilometers (7.8 miles) and a velocity of 1.7 times the speed of sound.
The HiRISE, acquired this image on May 25, 2008, at 4:36 p.m. Pacific Time (7:36 p.m. Eastern Time). It is a highly oblique view of the Martian surface, 26 degrees above the horizon, or 64 degrees from the normal straight-down imaging of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The image has a scale of 0.76 meters per pixel.
This image has been brightened to show the patterned surface of Mars in the background.
Phoenix touched down on the Red Planet at 4:53 p.m. Pacific Time (7:53 Eastern Time), May 25, 2008, in an arctic region called Vastitas Borealis, at 68 degrees north latitude, 234 degrees east longitude.
Latitude (centered): 68.0 °
Longitude (East): 234.9 °
Range to target site: 338.0 km (211.2 miles)
Original image scale range: 33.8 cm/pixel
(with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~101 cm across are resolved