The Phoenix mission to Mars

Peter H. Smith

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Like the bird of ancient mythology, the Phoenix mission is reborn out of fire; a new mission is born from the embers of previous missions. Phoenix returns to flight the Mars Surveyor Program's 2001 (MSP'01) lander that was mothballed in 2000; at that time, the project was 25% through its final test period. In addition, a diverse scientific payload has been chosen from the instruments from the Mars Polar Lander and the MSP'01 missions. This complement of spacecraft and payload will perform a scientific analysis of the Martian arctic soils and weather to unravel the history of water in all its phases and assess the potential for biology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-341
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2004
Event2004 IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings - Big Sky, MT, United States
Duration: Mar 6 2004Mar 13 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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