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Phoenix Mars lander assembly. Lander for NASA's Phoenix Mission to Mars being assembled and tested at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, USA. Seen here are the two solar panel arrays (black octagons) that will provide energy for the lander on the Martian surface. Phoenix was launched on 4th August 2007 and landed on Mars on 25th May 2008. It is the first successful landing on a polar region of Mars and the sixth successful Mars landing. This mission's aim is to research the history of water on Mars and to evaluate the environment for any past (or potential future) microbial life on the planet.
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