This small red-eyed camera is MARDI, the Mars Descent Imager aboard the Phoenix. Its 1,024 x 1,024 pixels CCD and refractive optics will capture 66º wide-angle color images of the landing site —all while plummeting from 5 miles above the planet's surface. Launched today to explore the red planet's arctic, Phoenix is loaded with a collection of heavy-duty weird-looking gadgets like MARDI, as you can see in the gallery. [Phoenix Mars Mission and [Lockheed Martin and NASA]