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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hail Phoenix!

A bird's-eye view of the Phoenix lander on Mars.
NASA / JPL

Today marks six years since NASA's Phoenix lander successfully touched down at the north polar region on Mars. Here's hoping history repeats itself when the InSight lander (whose design will be based on that of Phoenix...but with some mission-related differences to the hardware) arrives at the Red Planet two years from now...

The Martian northern plain, with one of Phoenix's solar panels and a portion of the lander's flight deck visible in the foreground.
NASA / JPL

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