SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Jules Verne Spacecraft, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Jules Verne Spacecraft, More
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September 29, 2008--Particles of Martian soil stick to the magnetic surface of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's optical microscope in an image sent back from the red planet on September 29.

The tiny fragments, among the larger grains of orange soil scooped up by Phoenix's robotic arm, are each only about one-tenth of a millimeter in size.

A thin layer of finer orange dust particles can also be seen--likely the result of weathering that wore down the larger grains.
—Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Imperial College London
 
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