Go to this link or look below for a picture of Phoenix with its chute deployed as it descends to the Martian surface. It was taken by one of the Mars orbiters.

This is truly a first. There has never been a picture taken of a vehicle landing on another planet. The Phoenix lander promises many great discoveries, but for emotional impact it'll have a tough time topping this.

I don't know how to load the picture, which is why I linked to the site. If anyone knows how to do that please let me know. Update. With the help of mbyarob the picture is now posted.

I know this is not the usual subject for DKos, but this really is worth sharing.


Originally posted to September 17, 1787 on Mon May 26, 2008 at 02:51 PM PDT.

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