Sol 3 Press Conference Videos The video gallery shows videos relating to the Phoenix Mission Press Conference on May 28, 2008.


Phoenix Sol 2 Northwestern Panorama - This is an animation of a camera going through the Surface Stereo Imager (SSI) on the Phoenix lander. At the end of the animation is an approximate color mosaic taken by Phoenix's SSI camera. The view is toward the northwest, showing polygonal terrain near the lander and out to the horizon. Video credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona.
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RAC Imaging Scoop - Animation of Camera pushing through RAC Camera and taking picture of Stowed RAC Mosaic on Sol+1. Video credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona.
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Phoenix Stretches its Arm - The Phoenix spacecraft is scheduled to begin raising its robotic arm up and out of its stowed configuration on the third Martian day, or Sol 3 (May 28, 2008) of the mission. This artist's animation, based on engineering models, shows how Phoenix will accomplish this task. First, its wrist actuator will rotate, releasing its launch-restraint pin. Next, the forearm moves up, releasing the elbow launch-restraint pin. The elbow will then move up and over in small steps, a process referred to as "staircasing." This ensures that the arm's protective biobarrier wrap, now unpeeled and lying to the side of the arm, will not get in the way of the arm's deployment. The arm is scheduled to straighten all the way out on Sol 4 (May 29, 2008), after engineers have reviewed images and telemetry data from the spacecraft showing that the biobarrier material has been cleared. Video credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona.
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Phoenix Work Area Animation - This animation from Sol 1 shows a mosaic of the Phoenix digging area in the Martian terrain. Phoenix scientists are very pleased with this view as the terrain features few rocks - optimal for digging. This mast of the camera looks disjointed because the photos that comprise this mosaic were taken at different times of day. This video also show some of the lander's instrumentation. Video credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona.
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