A 3-D stereoscopic imager and a robotic arm camera with an LED flash make up Phoenix's Red Planet gear bag
Say Cheese, Martians!: The Phoenix Lander's main camera can capture 3-D stereoscopic images. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
For the past two weeks, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has been broadcasting a wealth of incredible images from its landing site in the Martian arctic. I've been refreshing the mission's raw photo stream obsessively—no little green men yet, just gorgeous panoramas and detailed closeups of the most foreign of all foreign lands. Being a bit of a camera geek, I was quite curious as to what kind of hardware was behind the action, and naturally, Phoenix has some pretty sweet gear on board to make it all possible.