Phoenix declared dead

Many of you may already have read that the Mars Phoenix Lander was declared officially dead yesterday. After losing contact with mission control  last November, the lander suffered damage to its solar panels during the harsh Martian winter. Phoenix’s “last words” apparently were “01010100 01110010 01101001 01110101 01101101 01110000 01101000“.

The highly successful project was a collaboration between the University of Arizona and JPL. The latter put together the brief video posted above. Much data analysis remains to be done.

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