Friday, June 03, 2005

NASA Approves Phoenix Lander For 2007 Launch

NASA has given the green light for launch of the Phoenix lander mission in 2007. The lander is designed to use a 2.5m arm to procure samples for detailed analysis within the lander. Targeted for the icy northern plains, the lander will give a detailed assessment of the makeup of the Martian soil.

The lander is part of the Mars Scout Program of innovative and low-cost missions. At $386m including launch the probe is a bargain by interplanetary standards.