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Stereo View of Phoenix Test Sample Site

Target Name:  Mars-Phoenix
Spacecraft:  Phoenix Lander
Instrument:  Surface Stereo Imager (SSI)
Produced by:  NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Max Planck Institute
Copyright: NASA Copyright Free Policy
Cross Reference:  PIA10744
Date Taken:  1 June 2008

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This anaglyph image, acquired by NASAís Phoenix Landerís Surface Stereo Imager on Sol 7, the seventh day of the mission (June 1, 2008), shows a stereoscopic 3D view of the so-called "Knave of Hearts" first-dig test area to the north of the lander. The Robotic Armís scraping blade left a small horizontal depression above where the sample was taken.

Scientists speculate that white material in the depression left by the dig could represent ice or salts that precipitated into the soil. This material is likely the same white material observed in the sample in the Robotic Armís scoop.

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.

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