Phoenix Mars Lander

A craft sent to Mars' frozen plains north of the planet’s Arctic Circle to look at conditions that are conducive for life, including the presence of liquid water, organic molecules, energy sources, and chemicals that make up our life form. Phoenix will study the conditions by digging perhaps two or three feet into the frozen soil. Phoenix will also operate a weather station. Its readings will provide new information on the interplay between the planet’s polar ice caps, its frozen ground, and its atmosphere.

Radio Programs

Watery Mars Divining for water on Mars Thursday, April 14, 2011
Moon and Mars Cold winds on a cold planet Saturday, December 5, 2009
Moon, Mars, and Gemini A surprising place for a snowball fight Saturday, October 10, 2009

Featured Images

Dirty Secrets Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Going, Going, Gone Monday, November 10, 2008
Summer Days Friday, July 4, 2008
Digging In Monday, June 9, 2008
Dropping In Tuesday, May 27, 2008
First Glimpse Monday, May 26, 2008
Phoenix Descending Saturday, May 24, 2008
Icy Landing Thursday, May 22, 2008
Mars Bound Tuesday, July 31, 2007


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