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RIP, Mars Rover

Posted in Campus by Evan Lisull on 10 November 2008

Mars Lander

From the BBC:

Nasa says its Phoenix lander on the surface of Mars has gone silent and is almost certainly dead.

Engineers have not heard from the craft since Sunday 2 November when it made a brief communication with Earth.

The UA, however, would prefer to emphasize the positive:

Mars Phoenix Lander Finishes Successful Work On Red Planet

November 10, 2008 — NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander has ceased communications after operating for more than five months. As anticipated, seasonal decline in sunshine at the robot’s arctic landing site is not providing enough sunlight for the solar arrays to collect the power necessary to charge batteries that operate the lander’s instruments.

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