Phoenix Lands Softly On Mars, Search For Life Begins

May 26, 2008

NASA has confirmed that the Phoenix spacecraft has sent back the first photos from Mars, confirming that it successfully made a soft landing on the red planet..New York (ChattahBox) – NASA has confirmed that the Phoenix spacecraft has sent back the first photos from Mars, confirming that it successfully made a soft landing on the red planet.

The NASA Phoenix Mars Lander made its landing at around 8 p.m. Eastern time, ending a 10-month journey which spanned 422 million miles from Earth to Mars. The Phoenix is a 7-foot tall, 900-pound spacecraft.

The Phoenix performed the first-ever soft landing oN Mars, going from 12,000 mph down to 5 mph in a matter of seven minutes.

It used a parachute as well as thrusters to land on the red planet.

The landing took place near the north pole of Mars, with the goal now to dig down and see if there are signs of past life on Mars, or if the planet could support life in the future. Phoenix will be digging through the soil and ice on the northern pole of the red planet.

Many watched at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the first clear images came back a few hours after it landed..


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