This image shows what happened underneath NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Robotic Arm wrist on Sol 3. The pin that goes through the loop is what holds the wrist in place. The rotation of the wrist pops the pin free.
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Animation of Phoenix's Wrist Unlatching

This animation shows what happened underneath Phoenix's Robotic Arm wrist on Sol 3. The pin that goes through the loop is what holds the wrist in place. The rotation of the wrist pops the pin free.

The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development is by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

Photojournal Note: As planned, the Phoenix lander, which landed May 25, 2008 23:53 UTC, ended communications in November 2008, about six months after landing, when its solar panels ceased operating in the dark Martian winter.

Image details

ID#:
PIA10729

Date added:
2008-05-29

Mission:
Phoenix

Spacecraft:
Phoenix Mars Lander

Instruments:
Robotic Arm Camera

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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA10729.tif (0.28 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA10729.jpg (0.04 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona