Nearly a Decade After Mars Phoenix Landed, Another Look

A recent view from Mars orbit of the site where NASA’s
Mars mission landed on far-northern Mars nearly a decade ago
shows that
dust has covered some marks of the landing.

The Phoenix lander itself, plus its back shell and parachute,
are still visible in the image taken Dec. 21, 2017, by the High
Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance
Orbiter. But an animated-blink
comparison with an image from about two months
after the May
25, 2008, landing shows that patches of ground that had been
darkened by removal of dust during landing events have become
coated with dust

In August 2008, Phoenix completed its three-month mission
studying Martian ice, soil and atmosphere. The lander worked
for two additional
months before reduced sunlight caused
energy to become insufficient to keep the
lander functioning.
The solar-powered robot was not designed to survive through
the dark and cold conditions of a Martian arctic winter.

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Orbiter mission, visit:

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