Phoenix lands

Nasa's phoenix space craft has landed comfortably at the north of planet Mars at 4.53pm PDT. The Phoenix was not using airbags for landing rather used a jetpack for lowering to the surface and unfold its legs to land. The journey across the galaxy had been long taking about 10 months to travel 681 million kilometres. The mission was a complete success and has started sending photographs of the surface of Mars. The Phoenix has onboard a meteorological station, Robotic arm, gas analyzer and Microscopy, electroscopy and conductivity analyzer. It is estimated that mars has ice under the soil surface covered by a landscape with pebbles and showing polygonal cracking. The Robotic arm will dig into the icy layers and scoop out some for research. The search for life on Mars is strengthened by the Phoenix mission.


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