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Scientists leading NASA's Phoenix Mars mission from the University of Arizona in Tucson sent commands to unstow its robotic arm and take more images of its landing site early today.
With data recorded on board Mars Express, you can hear Phoenix descend on to the surface of the Red Planet. After being processed by the Mars Express Flight Control Team, the sounds of Phoenix descending are audible, loud and clear.
This story was updated at 5:46 p.m. EDT. PASADENA, Calif.
A NASA spacecraft today sent pictures showing itself in good condition after making the first successful landing in a polar region of Mars.
NASA's Phoenix Lander settled onto the frozen plains surrounding the unexplored Martian north pole on Sunday, ending a 10-month journey from Earth with a harrowing descent, slowed by parachute and braking rockets.
DENVER, Colorado Getting the Phoenix Mars Lander down and dirty on the red planet is an engineering saga stretching out over a decade.
When NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander sets down in the Martian arctic on Sunday, it will open a new, icy frontier for scientists back on Earth. Phoenix, a stationary lander set to make a planned May 25 descent to the Martian surface, is going to where no probe has gone before - the northern plains of Vastitas Borealis on Mars. "Ten years ago, you wouldn't have chosen this spot at all because it looks just like every other part of Mars," said Phoenix principal investigator Peter...
It's go time for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. After nearly 10 months speeding across 422 million miles (679 million km), the Phoenix spacecraft is just days away from plunging into the Martian atmosphere on Sunday to land near the north pole of Mars. "We've been working quite hard all the way along," said Deborah Bass, Phoenix's deputy principal investigator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif.
A NASA operated robotic spacecraft is scheduled to land Sunday on Mars, but scientists from a lab at the University of Arizona will be telling the robot what to do.
The Phoenix spacecraft is only two days away from entry, descent and landing on Mars â€“ the most difficult and scariest phase that any robotic lander must face.
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