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Mars Mystery Object ID'd

From: Dave Vetterick <veterick.nul>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 01:17:25 -0500
Archived: Wed, 28 May 2008 06:56:23 -0400
Subject: Mars Mystery Object ID'd

Here's the answer from the Phoenix team.



From: Melissa Lamberton<mllamb.nul>
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 4:40 PM
Subject: Phoenix Mars Mission


Thank you for your inquiries and well wishes to the Phoenix
Team. I apologize for not responding to each of you
individually; we are making every effort to keep up with the
volume of requests coming in over the last 48 hours.

You inquired about the white, vertical object in one of the
early landing photos. At a press conference earlier today, Peter
Smith identified this object as the backshell and parachute, as
many of you already guessed. Although we still don't have high
resolution pictures of the object, we surmised its identity
based on a HiRISE image. The image shows the backshell/parachute
lying 300 meters south of Phoenix. The heat shield landed 200
meters to the south-southeast. You can find that image online at

Thank you for your interest in the mission! Keep checking our
website for daily updates, including new photos and the weather
on Mars.

Melissa Lamberton
Education Coordinator, Phoenix Mars Scout Mission
520-626-9661 (work)

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