Phoenix Descending: Coolest Picture of the Week

This picture was taken by a satellite orbiting Mars. It’s the Phoenix spacecraft parachuting to the surface of the Red Planet. Awesome geek porn:

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Here are some more pictures taken from the Phoenix lander.

The mission is to look for signs of life on Mars’ northern pole. An amoebic speck on another planet would be considered a miracle. That guy next to you on the subway with a hacking cough is just considered annoying, however.