Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

Thank you, Phoenix

Thank you, PhoenixPhoenix Mission Operations at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena says the Phoenix Mars Lander has stopped communicating after operating for more than five straight months, well over the designed three-month mission lifespan. A decrease in sunlight thanks to the Martian winter and increased dust in the atmosphere meant Phoenix couldn't continue to charge its solar batteries.

The project team will keep listening, but they don't expect it will revive and connect again, even though it's possible the Martian spring's sunlight will let it recharge. Luckily, Phoenix sent back a staggering collection of data that should prove useful, and analysis is just beginning.

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