Phoenix Touches Down on Mars

NASA now awaits first photos of historic mission
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2008 7:14 PM CDT
Phoenix Touches Down on Mars
This artist rendition provided by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows the Phoenix lander on the arctic plains of Mars.   (AP Photo)

The Phoenix probe has landed safely on Mars' icy surface and begun its search for life, Space.com reports. Exultant NASA scientists are now awaiting a second radio signal to see how much power it has left—a critical element of the mission. And they await the probe's first snapshots. "I can't wait for even that first look at the surface," the mission's main investigator said. (Read more Phoenix Mars Lander stories.)

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