Monday, May 26, 2008

The Phoenix White Something

The Phoenix Mars Lander landed yesterday. It has been spinning up its systems for 15 hours now. Initial photos are coming in. There's already excitement about a "polar bear" in one image. This is likely a artifact of a low resolution image, but nobody knows what it is... yet.


Right along the horizon, toward the right of middle is a small white spec that, given the distance, is probably bigger than a pixel. Still, the spec could be dust on the lens, an error in compression, or an approaching polar bear. It's hard to really say.

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