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Mars Phoenix lander is officially dead


Posted on Wednesday, 26 May, 2010 | Comment icon 11 comments


Image credit: NASA/JPL

 
NASA's Phoenix Mars lander is now officially out of action after it failed to survive the martian winter.

Images taken from orbit have revealed that part of the solar panels had broken off, most likely due to ice building up during the winter months. All attempts to communicate with the lander have failed.

"The lights have officially gone out for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by toastedmarshmellow on 26 May, 2010, 21:57
ehhh i dont buy it
Comment icon #3 Posted by lookingfortruth on 26 May, 2010, 21:57
it's not like we spend 17 billion a year on NASA or anything
Comment icon #4 Posted by Suzy Butterfly on 26 May, 2010, 23:03
Must be a week for goodbyes.... http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?app=blog&module=display&section=blog&blogid=2291&
Comment icon #5 Posted by pixiii on 27 May, 2010, 4:03
Good grief thats a lot!
Comment icon #6 Posted by 27vet on 27 May, 2010, 4:48
R.I.P.
Comment icon #7 Posted by indsloan on 29 May, 2010, 4:42
when i have to teach people that help designe it how to understand & operate a metal detector something is wrong!!!! he knows how to do the math but he does know how to think & he is on crank. works at JPL ca.
Comment icon #8 Posted by pallidin on 29 May, 2010, 16:46
Huh. Well, sounds like it served it's purpose.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Father Of Evolution on 30 May, 2010, 3:13
I've been watching this robot on natgeo. It has done well, goodbye robot
Comment icon #10 Posted by Czero 101 on 30 May, 2010, 3:45
Good grief thats a lot! [/quote] Not when you consider that the entire NASA budget of $17B (17.3 in 2008, 17.78 in 2009) is roughly 0.6% of the US Federal budget. The 18.7 earmarked for 2010 comes up to a whopping 0.52% of the Federal budget. IMHO, NASA is horribly underfunded. Cz


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