Nasa loses contact with the Phoenix Mars Lander

Houston we have a problem. Nasa reports that it has lost contact with the Phoenix Mars Lander bringing to an end its mission on the Red Planet. According to a Nasa report, mission control last made contact with the space probe on November 2.

It is believed that the solar powered probe ran out of power following dust storms and seasonal deterioration in light at the project's polar landing site. As a result, Nasa has decided to call an end to the mission.

The Phoenix Mars Lander was launched in 2007 and touched down on Mars back in May in an attempt to search for water on the Red Planet. The mission can be considered a success having produced over 25,000 images as well as collecting and analysing ice samples.

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