Photo: Phoenix Lander Touches Down Near Mars's North Pole



On May 25, 2008, the Phoenix Mars lander successfully landed near the red planet's north pole. The first images from the lander show a footpad firmly planted on Martian permafrost (left) and fully deployed solar arrays (right).

In a few weeks the probe will begin collecting samples of soil and ice to try settle the debate over whether Mars might once have been habitable.

Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona


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