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sabianq
2009-Mar-12, 01:25 PM
HI all,
I don't know if this thread goes here or somewhere else.

I am assuming that this picture shows a spring that came off of the Phoenix Mars Lander.
http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/images/gallery/lg_40598.jpg

was the lander designed to throw off bits and pieces on its descent?
does anybody know if there were springs that could have come off when it deployed itself?

Otherwise i am sure Hogeland (spelling?) would have an answer...

Cheers!

alainprice
2009-Mar-12, 01:50 PM
I also see what looks like a spring that's half buried.

edit: found this with google:
http://phoenixonmars.wordpress.com/2008/06/09/who-dropped-a-spring/

slang
2009-Mar-12, 01:58 PM
NASA says (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/phoenix/images/press/RS012EFF897276092_11C90MBM1127838.html) sabianq and alainprice have it right:


This image, acquired by the Robotic Arm Camera on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, shows a spring on the ground under the lander near a footpad. This spring was released from the lander when the biobarrier was opened to free the Robotic Arm.

(bold mine)

sabianq
2009-Mar-12, 02:06 PM
HI all,
I don't know if this thread goes here or somewhere else.

I am assuming that this picture shows a spring that came off of the Phoenix Mars Lander.
http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/images/gallery/lg_40598.jpg


(Bold mine)

Yea, I was 99.9999999999999% positive that it came off of the lander, I just didn't know what part it was from. thanks for the info Slang,

slang
2009-Mar-12, 02:17 PM
(Bold mine)

Yea, I was 99.9999999999999% positive that it came off of the lander, I just didn't know what part it was from. thanks for the info Slang,

Oops, sorry, I missed that. Fixing!...