24 May 2010


Our intrepid Phoenix lander is officially gone. NASA reports:

Apparent changes in the shadows cast by the lander are consistent with predictions of how Phoenix could be damaged by harsh winter conditions. It was anticipated that the weight of a carbon-dioxide ice buildup could bend or break the lander's solar panels. [Team member Michael] Mellon calculated hundreds of pounds of ice probably coated the lander in mid-winter.
[ posted by sstrader on 24 May 2010 at 4:43:47 PM in Space ]