COSMIC SECRETS
The Enigmas on Mars
Martian Debris
Left by Man?
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Mike Singh's Collection
(Edited by Pegasus)

Opportunity Lander Platform Inside 'Eagle Crater'
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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Univ. of Arizona
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This HiRISE image shows "Eagle Crater," the small martian impact crater where Opportunity's airbag-cushioned lander came to rest. The lander is still clearly visible on the floor of the crater. Opportunity spent about 60 martian days exploring rock outcrops and soils in Eagle crater before setting off to explore more of Meridiani Planum.

Source: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona


Viking Lander 1 Imaged from Orbit
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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Univ. of Arizona
12.04.06

NASA's Viking Lander 1 touched down in western Chryse Planitia on July 20, 1976. The lander, which has a diameter of about 3 meters (10 feet), has been precisely located in this image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Also, likely locations have been found for the heat shield, back shell, and parachute attached to the back shell. The lander location has been confirmed by overlaying the lander-derived topographic contours on the high-resolution camera's image, which provides an excellent match. Viking Lander 1 was one element of an ambitious mission to study Mars, with a four-spacecraft flotilla consisting of two orbiters and two landers. Four cutouts from this image are shown. The first is an overview (seen above) showing the relative locations of the lander and candidate back shell and heat shield, and the others are enlargements of each of these components. Large boulders, dunes, and other features visible in Lander images can be located in the image.

 
Back Shell
Viking Lander
Source: NASA
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