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English: Image taken by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter showing descent of Phoenix with a crater in the background.

Original caption from NASA:
"Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera acquired this image of Phoenix hanging from its parachute as it descended to the Martian surface. Shown here is a 10 kilometer (6 mile) diameter crater informally called "Heimdall," and an improved full-resolution image of the parachute and lander. Although it appears that Phoenix is descending into the crater, it is actually about 20 kilometers (about 12 miles) in front of the crater. Given the position and pointing angle of MRO, Phoenix is at about 13 km above the surface, just a few seconds after the parachute opened. This image shows some details of the parachute, including the gap between upper and lower sections. At the time of this observation, MRO had an orbital altitude of 310 km, traveling at a ground velocity of 3.4 kilometers/second, and a distance of 760 km to the Phoenix lander.

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."

Français : Image prise par la sonde spatiale MRO montrant la descente de la sonde Phoenix et un cratère en arrière plan.

La sonde Phoenix et son parachute qui vient de s'ouvrir descendent vers la surface martienne. En arrière plan se trouve un cratère de 10 km nommé "Heimdall". Bien qu'elle semble descendre vers l'intérieur du cratère, la sonde est en réalité 20 kilomètres plus proche, et a une altitude de 13 km.
Cette image a été prise par la caméra HiRISE de la sonde MRO. Au moment de la prise de vue, MRO se trouvait à 760 km de Phoenix, à une altitude de 310 km, et se déplaçait à une vitesse de 3,4 km/s.

Le projet Phoenix est dirigé par l' Université d'Arizona, et géré par le Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Le vaisceau a été développé par Lockheed Martin Space Systems.
Date 27 May 2008
Author NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab-Caltech/University of Arizona
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