|If you could stand on Mars, what would you see?
Phoenix spacecraft that
landed on Mars in 2008 recorded the
above spectacular panorama.
is actually a digital combination of over 100 camera pointings and
surveys fully 360 degrees around the busy robotic laboratory.
Scrolling right will reveal the rest of the panoramic image.
Visible in the image foreground are circular
various Phoenix instruments,
rust colored rocks, a
trench dug by Phoenix to probe Mars' chemical composition, a vast plateau of dirt and
dirt-covered ice, and, far in the distance, the
dust colored atmosphere of Mars.
Phoenix landed in the far north of Mars and has used its sophisticated
laboratory to search for signs that past life might have been possible.
Soil analyses have confirmed the
ice and gave
indications of perchlorate salts.
Whether Martian life could have evolved around such perchlorates is an ongoing
topic of research.
Phoenix Mission Team,