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Mars Phoenix
This microscopic view of fine-grained material at the tip of the Robotic Arm scoop was provided by the Robotic Arm Camera (RAC) aboard NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander on June 20, 2008, the 26th martian day, or sol, of the mission. RAC scientists took this image at a resolution of 30 microns by rotating the scoop to within 11 millimeters of the camera's front lens and refocusing the camera to macro focus. The image shows small clumps of fine, fluffy, red soil particles collected in a sample called 'Rosy Red.' The sample was dug from the trench named 'Snow White' in the area called 'Wonderland.' Some of the Rosy Red sample was delivered to Phoenix's Optical Microscope and Wet Chemistry Laboratory for analysis. Image Credit: NASA/ JPL-Caltech/ University of Arizona/Max Planck Institute.
01/14/09

 

 

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