NASA Says Goodbye to Phoenix, but Spirit Shows Life
January 22, 2010 6:03 AM
Phoenix may be lost forever, but researchers unsure
NASA recently confirmed
its Phoenix Mars lander may be frozen
and could finally be lost for good, but has two spacecraft circling Mars looking for signs of life.
Odyssey is monitoring all radio transmissions, while the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took pictures revealing where the Phoenix was located. It's located in a dry ice field that is slowly thawing now that spring is approaching at the Martian north polar plains. Scientists didn't design Phoenix to endure the harsh Martian winter, but NASA officials hope to re-establish contact as the Martian North Pole begins to heat up.
Odyssey will attempt to monitor communications from Phoenix, but it's becoming less likely researchers will be able to regain full control of the orbiter.
University of Arizona researchers said it was unlikely they'll hear signals before they try again in February, especially after months of darkness and extremely low temperatures. Even in April -- when constant sunlight will hit the same location -- but researchers can only hope it wakes up.
Both Phoenix and Spirit have outlasted their anticipated lifelines on Mars -- and have provided additional clues about the Martian surface. After first reaching the planet in May 2008, Phoenix lasted more than five months longer than expected. Furthermore, it also found
evidence of water below the Martian surface
, with researchers disappointed over the possible loss of the rover.
It's a shame that the run is finally over, but NASA has been able to learn so much more about the Martian surface directly because of Phoenix. I hope it can thaw and communicate with Earth controllers again this spring, but it's looking even more unlikely.
currently in its own battle to survive
, but it's also unsure if it will be able to finally claw its way out of a massive sand trap.
"The explanation here is that the rover's rear wheels are climbing, raising the back of the rover," according to NASA officials. "Images from the rear hazard avoidance camera confirm this."
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