An image of Phoenix taken this month by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggests the lander no longer casts shadows the way it did during its working lifetime (Photo: NASA)
Phoenix Lander self portrait - a vertical projection combining hundreds of exposures taken by the lander's Surface Stereo Imager camera (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University Arizona/Texas A&M University)
Almost two years to the day after it landed on the red planet NASA has announced its Phoenix Mars Lander has officially ended operations after repeated attempts to contact the spacecraft were unsuccessful. Phoenix was not built to survive the dark, cold, icy winter on Mars and a new image transmitted by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows signs of severe ice damage to the lander’s solar panels.
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