PIA09943: Powered Landing of Phoenix (Artist Concept)
 Mission:  Phoenix
 Spacecraft:  Phoenix Mars Lander
 Product Size:  5200 x 4800 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  University of Arizona
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander a moment before its 2008 touchdown on the arctic plains of Mars. Pulsed rocket engines control the spacecraft's speed during the final seconds of descent.

Photojournal Note: As planned, the Phoenix lander, which landed May 25, 2008 23:53 UTC, ended communications in November 2008, about six months after landing, when its solar panels ceased operating in the dark Martian winter.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Calech/University of Arizona

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