Sol 4 Press Conference Videos The video gallery shows videos relating to the Phoenix Mission Press Conference on May 29, 2008.


Martian Arctic Landscape Panorama Video Typical view if you were standing on Mars and slowly turned around for a look. Starting at the north, SSI sees its shadow and turns its head viewing solar arrays, the lander deck and landscape. Note very few rocks on the hummocky terrain and network of troughs, typical of polar surfaces here on Earth. Video credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona.
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Objects and regions in the RA workspace named Approximate locations of regions in green. Locations of objects in yellow. Magenta denotes the boundary of the national park protected area. In background, layers not currently viewable are sizes of several rocks in the view done using the NASA Ames Viz tool. Fun fairy tale feature names, e.g. Sleepy Hollow trench with Headless and the "National Park" untouchable, pristine areas noted. First touches with the scoop will be to the left of National Park line. Video credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/NASA Ames.
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Pan of mosaic of workspace view with measurements of local rocks Approximate sizes of several rocks in the view measured using the NASA Ames Viz tool using stereoscopic images from the SSI camera whose shadow is shown in self portrait. Headless nature of the images comes from time elapsed imaging of mast taken at one time, and the SSI (head) taken later. Video credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/NASA Ames.
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Phoenix Lidar operation animation This is an animation of the Canadian-built meteorological station's lidar, which was successfully activated on Sol 2. The animation shows how the lidar is activated by first opening its dust cover, then emitting rapid pulses of light (resembling a brilliant green laser) into the Martian atmosphere. Some of the light then bounces off particles in the atmosphere, and is reflected back down to the lidar's telescope. This allows the lidar to detect dust, clouds and fog. Video Credit Koji Kuramura.
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Phoenix deploying its Robotic Arm elbow This animated gif is compiled of images from Phoenix's Stereo Surface Imager (SSI) taken on Sol 3. It shows the stair-step motion used to unstow the arm from a protective covering called the biobarrier. The last two moves allow the arm to stand straight up. Video credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona.
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Phoenix deploying its Wrist This animated gif shows a series of images taken by Phoenix's Stereo Surface Imager (SSI) on Sol 3. It illustrates the actions that Phoenix's Robotic Arm took to deploy its wrist. The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development is by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. Video credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona.
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Animation of Phoenix's wrist unlatching This animation shows what happened underneath Phoenix's Robotic Arm wrist on Sol 3. The pin that goes through the loop is what holds the wrist in place. The rotation of the wrist pops the pin free. Video credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona.
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