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This is an animation of panorama images of NASAís Phoenix Mars Landerís solar panel and the landerís Robotic Arm with a sample in the scoop. The image was taken just before the sample was delivered to the Optical Microscope.
The images making up this animation were taken by the landerís Surface Stereo Imager looking west during Phoenixís Sol 16 (June 10, 2008), or the 16th Martian day after landing. This view is a part of the "mission success" panorama that will show the whole landing site in color.
The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is by NASAís 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.