Rise from the ashes?

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Phoenix Mars Lander.  Source:  NASA JPL/Univeristy of Arizona

Phoenix Mars Lander. Source: NASA JPL/Univeristy of Arizona

Remember the Mars Phoenix? Could it rise from the ashes — or more accurately from a Dr. Zhivago like glaze of dry ice? NASA last heard from Phoenix in November 2008. The craft landed near the Martian North Pole about five months prior, logged a successful mission, and then died at the onset of winter. Or did it?

Now that it is Spring (on Mars anyway), one of NASA’s Martian orbiters will listen to see if Phoenix is still transmitting. Who knows? We may hear more from the first spacecraft to tweet.

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