NASA bids farewell to Phoenix lander

2017-04-14 05:00:09

“I CAME, I saw, I dug.” That was the most popular epitaph for the now-defunct Phoenix Mars lander in an online poll last week. On Monday, NASA said that it had lost contact with the lander, bringing the mission to an end. Despite attempts to contact it using two orbiting spacecraft, Phoenix has been silent since 2 November. “We’re pretty much convinced that the vehicle is no longer available,” says NASA’s Barry Goldstein. Phoenix’s end came three weeks earlier than anticipated. The craft’s solar power had been dwindling as the Martian winter approached,