Images: NASA looks back on 2008
Phoenix Mars Lander
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander touched down on the Red Planet and completed its mission this year. The Phoenix landed on Mars on May 25 farther north than any previous spacecraft had landed. During its mission, the Phoenix took and studied soil samples, and shot more than 25,000 pictures of the Martian surface. NASA credits Phoenix with confirming the presence of water-ice in Mars' subsurface.
After shutting itself down due to lack of sunlight to fuel its solar-powered batteries, the
This is an artist's rendering of the lander on Mars.
December 19, 2008 3:57 PM PST
Photo by: NASA/JPL/UA/Lockheed Martin
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