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Phoenix Lander's vibrators get Martian soil sample into instrument's oven

7:19pm, June 11, 2008

Seven rounds of shaking later, the Mars Phoenix Lander finally got some soil into one of its tiny ovens.

The Phoenix science team instructed the robotic lander to deliver a scoop of dirt to the oven, which is part of the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer instrument, or TEGA, on June 6 — 12 days after Phoenix successfully landed on the Red Planet’s arctic plains. But the s

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