Today's Friday beautiful science comes a bit late. It's a picture of the Phoenix lander, landing on Mars. Check it out:
This amazing image was captured as Phoenix came in for its Mars landing on May 25, 2008. The HiRISE camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter pointed at Phoenix, which is seen here against the background of a 10-kilometer-diameter crater called Heimdall. The dramatic view makes it appear that Phoenix is falling into the crater, but in fact Phoenix was 20 kilometers closer to HiRISE than Heimdall, and it landed nowhere near the crater. The photo was taken 20 seconds after Phoenix' parachute opened.
Posts should become more frequent again. I'm preparing to move to California, but some of the most brutal parts are behind me (I hope) and I should be able to at least keep a regular Friday beautiful science coming.