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Two images of the Phoenix Mars lander taken from Martian orbit in 2008 and 2010. The 2008 lander image (left) shows two relatively blue spots on either side corresponding to the spacecraft's clean circular solar panels. In the 2010 (right) image scientists see a dark shadow that could be the lander body and eastern solar panel, but no shadow from the western solar panel.
Phoenix Mars Lander Is Silent, New Image Shows DamageMay 25, 2010 NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has ended operations after repeated attempts to contact the spacecraft were unsuccessful. A new image transmitted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows signs of severe ice damage to the lander's solar panels.
"The Phoenix spacecraft succeeded in its investigations and exceeded its planned lifetime," said Fuk Li, manager of the Mars Exploration Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "Although its work is finished, analysis of information from Phoenix's science activities will continue for some time to come."
Last week, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter flew over the Phoenix landing site 61 times during a final attempt to communicate with the lander. No transmission from the lander was detected. Phoenix also did not communicate during 150 flights in three earlier listening campaigns this year.
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Released DataNASA's Planetary Data System announced the third and final release of data from the mission, including raw and derived data products from Sols (Martian days) 91 through 152, or July 27 through Oct. 29, 2008.
Data for imaging instruments can be viewed at the imaging node site. The release also includes 715-329-2703 and 856-409-5610 data.
The site offers a search function for browsing specific Sol summary data using the 250-918-8755. The site also offers a 617-806-2482 feature to keep up to date with NASA's Planetary Data System.