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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has finished scooping soil samples to deliver to its onboard laboratories, and is now preparing to analyze samples already obtained. Scientists are anxious to analyze the samples as the power Phoenix generates continues to drop.
An odd, solitary hill rising part-way down an eroding slope in Mars' north polar layered terrain may be the remnant of a buried impact crater.
The Phoenix Lander over the weekend successfully weathered a regional dust storm that temporarily lowered its solar power, and the team is back investigating the Red Planet's northern plains.
The U.S. space agency's Phoenix Lander is investigating soil on Mars' northern plains for signs that water was once present.
As fall approaches Marsâ€™ northern plains, NASAâ€™s Phoenix Lander is busy digging into the Red Planetâ€™s soil and scooping it into its onboard science laboratories for analysis.
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE - The JPL-built Phoenix spacecraft has discovered two minerals on Mars that suggest water was there in the past, scientists reported Monday. The minerals - calcium carbonate and sheet silicate - don't usually form without the presence of liquid water, scientists said.
By MARC KAUFMAN By Marc Kaufman The Washington Post WASHINGTON Icy snow falls from high in the Martian atmosphere and may even reach the planet's surface, scientists working with NASA's Phoenix Mars lander reported Monday.
By Alicia Chang Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- NASA's Phoenix spacecraft has discovered evidence of past water at its Martian landing site and spotted falling snow for the first time, scientists reported Monday.
NASA announced on Monday it was extending the Mars Phoenix landerâ€™s mission, saying it will operate until it dies in the cold, dark Martian winter.
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has detected snow falling from Martian clouds. Spacecraft soil experiments also have provided evidence of past interaction between minerals and liquid water, processes that occur on Earth.
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