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On this present day in area! Could 25, 2008: Phoenix spacecraft lands on Mars

On Could 25, 2008, NASA's Phoenix Lander arrived on Mars.

The Phoenix Mars Lander was NASA's sixth mission to efficiently land on Mars. This was the primary mission to land close to the North Pole of the planet. The aim of this mission was to seek for traces of water ice underneath the Martian floor. This could assist scientists to check the historical past of local weather change on Mars. The mission would additionally search for clues as as to if the purple planet might have been liveable and even had an extraterrestrial life prior to now.

A quick historical past of Mars missions

NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander might be seen parachuting on Mars, on this picture captured by the HiRISE (Excessive Decision Imaging Science Experiment) digicam on NASA's Mars reconnaissance probe on Could 25th descent from one other spacecraft on a planetary physique.

(Picture: © NASA / JPL-Caltech / College of Arizona)

Phoenix spent almost 10 months flying on Mars earlier than diving into the environment at round 13,000 mph. The parachutes slowed him right down to about 5 mph, and Phoenix sank gently after a 7 minute descent.

Three orbiter missions on Mars have adjusted their orbits to be nicely positioned to observe the touchdown. It was the primary time that a touchdown of a spaceship on one other planet was filmed.

Phoenix is ​​you in November 2008 after finishing its predominant mission. The Mars lander most likely succumbed to the martyred Martian Arctic winter, which resulted in a drop in temperatures beneath its anticipated lifespan.

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