Sunday, May 25, 2008
This photo, entitled 'So Few Rocks' , is Doug Ellison's interpretation of the Phoenix spacecraft's landing site on the flat northern Martian plain named Vastitas Borealis.
Phoenix has traveled 422 million miles over nearly 10 months and is set to land on Mars today. NASA refers to the period of hyper-deceleration and descent ''the scariest seven minutes of the mission''.
NASA has not had a successful soft landing in more than three decades since the twin Viking landers in 1976. So cross your fingers.
Be sure to click on the photo. It really does look like the Martian landscape.