Phoenix Lander begins search for life on Mars
After a 10-month journey, the Phoenix Lander successfully touched down on Mars' northern polar surface.
This is the first time a probe has been sent to Mars with the capability of excavating and analyzing the planets polar surface. The mission is meant to look for evidence of microbial life and analyze climate change on the red planet. NASA is hoping to analyze the ice just below the planets permafrost surface.
The last time JPL and NASA made a successful, controlled soft landing on Mars was back in the 1970s.
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