Cool image of Mars Phoenix Lander

For the first time, a spacecraft has been photographed on its descent onto another planetary body.  Check out these pictures of the Mars Phoenix Lander on its final descent taken from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE camera some 310 km above the planet's surface. In the scene, the parachute is deployed to slow the craft's decent to the surface. (NASA press release)

Just to prove it landed, here is a photo from the surface. More great images of the Phoenix are on the its website. One small step for Phoenix, one giant leap for robot kind!

Phoenix footpad photo
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