NASA Gives Frozen Mars Lander Last Chance to Phone Home
By Andrea Thompson
SPACE.com Senior Writer
posted: 05 April 2010
10:23 am ET
NASA is giving its long-frozen Phoenix Mars Lander one last chance to send a signal, beep or any sign that it has survived the harsh Martian winter with enough of its systems intact to phone home.
From Monday to Friday, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter circling the red planet will listen for the third time in four months to see if the Phoenix Mars Lander has come back to life after experiencing a Martian arctic winter it was not designed to survive.
The first two listening campaigns by the orbiter, conducted in January and February, didn't hear any signs of life from the lander, which studied the surface of the Martian arctic and confirmed the presence of water ice just below the top surface layer.
Images taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orb
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