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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
NASA Declares Mars Lander Broken and Dead
NASA's long-dormant Phoenix Mars Lander is broken and officially down for the count, with new images taken by an orbiting probe showing severe damage to the spacecraft's solar panels due to the harsh Martian winter.
Repeated attempts by NASA in recent months to reestablish contact withPhoenixfollowing its winter hibernation were unsuccessful, with no peeps coming from the lander.
Thenew photos of Phoenix, sent by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, indicate that the lander has suffered severe ice damage to at least one of its solar panels, NASA officials said Monday.