Phoenix Landing Site on Mars
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander arrived on an arctic plain of Mars on May 25, 2008. This is a portion of a full-circle panorma that combines hundreds of images taken during the first several weeks after landing.
The approximately true-color image shows the polygonal patterning of ground at the landing area, similar to patterns in permafrost areas on Earth. Trenches where Phoenix's robotic arm exposed subsurface material are visible on the right. The spacecraft's meteorology mast, topped by the telltale wind gauge, extends into the sky portion of the panorama.
The solar-powered lander completed its three-month mission and kept working until sunlight waned two months later.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Texas A&M University