Contour Map of Mars' Surface Beside Phoenix.  This color-coded elevation map of the local terrain on the north side of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander shows the contours of polygons and relationship of polygon boundaries to trenches and other features in the workspace of the lander's Robotic Arm.    The map covers an area about 4 meters (13 feet) across. Areas coded red, yellow and green are higher than areas coded blue and purple.

Contour Map of Mars' Surface Beside Phoenix. This color-coded elevation map of the local terrain on the north side of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander shows the contours of polygons and relationship of polygon boundaries to trenches and other features in the workspace of the lander's Robotic Arm. The map covers an area about 4 meters (13 feet) across. Areas coded red, yellow and green are higher than areas coded blue and purple.

Several of the trenches dug by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander are displayed.

Several of the trenches dug by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander are displayed.

This image from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Optical Microscope shows a strongly magnetic surface which has scavenged particles from within the microscope enclosure before a sample delivery from the lander's Robotic Arm. The particles correspond to the larger grains seen in fine orange material that makes up most of the soil at the Phoenix site. They vary in color, but are of similar size, about one-tenth of a millimeter.

This image from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Optical Microscope shows a strongly magnetic surface which has scavenged particles from within the microscope enclosure before a sample delivery from the lander's Robotic Arm. The particles correspond to the larger grains seen in fine orange material that makes up most of the soil at the Phoenix site. They vary in color, but are of similar size, about one-tenth of a millimeter.

Mars Phoenix Lander Looking across the frozen wastelands of the Martian north.

Mars Phoenix Lander Looking across the frozen wastelands of the Martian north.

Phoenix Mars Lander - build and launch http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/simple_lander_model.pdf

Phoenix Mars Lander - build and launch http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/simple_lander_model.pdf

NASA - Guided Tour of Curiosity's Martian Landing. This is a still from an interactive web feature that guides you through the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover. Visit the feature at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/interactives/edlcuriosity/index-2.html. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA - Guided Tour of Curiosity's Martian Landing. This is a still from an interactive web feature that guides you through the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover. Visit the feature at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/interactives/edlcuriosity/index-2.html. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This image of Victoria Crater in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at more of a sideways angle than earlier orbital images of this crater. The camera pointing was 22 degrees east of straight down, yielding a view comparable to looking at the landscape out an airplane window. East is at the top. The most interesting exposures of geological strata are in the steep walls of the…

This image of Victoria Crater in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at more of a sideways angle than earlier orbital images of this crater. The camera pointing was 22 degrees east of straight down, yielding a view comparable to looking at the landscape out an airplane window. East is at the top. The most interesting exposures of geological strata are in the steep walls of the…

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