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SFS News: Phoenix on the Red Planet, Artist's Concept

Posted by: Klaus Schmidt - Fri May 23, 2008 3:24 pm
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Post SFS News: Phoenix on the Red Planet, Artist's Concept   Posted on: Fri May 23, 2008 3:24 pm
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(NASA) - The Phoenix Mars Lander, which launched in August 2007, is the first project in NASA's Mars Scout missions. The mission's plan is to land in icy soils near the north polar permanent ice cap of Mars and explore the history of the water in these soils and any associated rocks, while monitoring polar climate.

The spacecraft and its instruments are designed to analyze samples collected from up to a half-meter (20 inches) deep using its robotic arm. The arm extends forward in this artist's concept of the lander on Mars.

Phoenix is slated to land on the Red Planet on Sunday, May 25, 2008.

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Post    Posted on: Sun May 25, 2008 1:29 am
I look forward to the Phoenix's landing. It's less than 24 hours away!

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