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Racing against the Martian winter

With solid findings under its belt and the Martian summer waning, the Phoenix Mars lander perseveres in its study of the soil and sky of the planet’s arctic plain.

12:50pm, September 19, 2008

After 113 days on Mars, the Phoenix lander is still eating the Red Planet’s icy soil and watching the skies.

The lander has been working as a robotic geologist on the northern plain of Mars since its May 25 landing. It has found evidence that ice is beneath and in the soil, an important discovery for the mission’s larger purpose to find whether Mars hosts or has hosted environments friendly to life.


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