PHOTOS: Mars Lander Takes First ''Self Portraits''

PHOTOS: Mars Lander Transmits Historic Photos
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A mosaic of images taken shortly after touchdown on May 25, 2008, includes the shadow of the Phoenix Mars Lander's camera, known as the surface stereoscopic imager.

The camera sits on a mast so that it takes images from about 6.5 feet (2 meters) above the ground, roughly the height of a tall human.

The view is among the first to reveal the actual terrain that the lander will be digging into to provide new data on Mars's soil chemistry and water cycle.

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—Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
 
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