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25May/080

The Phoenix Has Landed

The Phoenix Mars Mission has officially landed near the northern polar region of Mars! You can check out the mission site to catch up on everything that has happened so far. Or I can just sum things up: they have landed successfully and a few preliminary images have been returned. Suh-weet!

Mars Phoenix Lander (foot pad)

I don't know why, but this mission has really piqued my interest. Maybe it was the very detailed "real time" video describing the rover's entry and landing onto the red planet (I love to know the details). Or maybe it's because the purpose of Phoenix is to study the history of water and habitability potential in the ice-rich Martian soil (i.e. could Mars have supported life at some point in it's past).

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