Launched in August 2007, the Phoenix Mars Mission is the first in NASA's Scout Program. Phoenix is designed to study the history of water and habitability potential in the Martian arctic's ice-rich soil.
NASA's Phoenix spacecraft landed in the northern polar region of Mars on May 25th to begin three months of examining a site chosen for its likelihood of having frozen water.
Radio signals received at 4:53:44 p.m. Pacific Time confirmed the Phoenix Mars Lander had survived its difficult final descent and touchdown 15 minutes earlier. The signals took that long to travel from Mars to Earth at the speed of light.
ELAPSED MISSION TIME ON MARS
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