07.21.08 - To coordinate with observations made by an orbiter flying repeatedly overhead, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is working a schedule Monday that includes staying awake all night for the first time.
06.18.08 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission generated an unusually high volume of spacecraft housekeeping data on Tuesday causing the loss of some non-critical science data.
07.18.08 - The team operating Phoenix plans to tell the lander today to do a second, larger test of using a motorized rasp to produce and gather shavings of frozen ground.
07.17.08 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission has released stereo images of the Martian surface near the Phoenix lander.
07.16.08 - Two studies based on data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed that the Red Planet once hosted vast lakes and a variety of other wet environments that had the potential to support life.
07.16.08 - A powered rasp on the back of the robotic arm scoop of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander successfully drilled into the frozen soil and loosened material that was collected in the lander's scoop.
07.15.08 - A powered rasp on the back of the robotic arm scoop of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is being tested for the first time on Mars in gathering sample shavings of ice.
07.14.08 - Phoenix is using its Robotic Arm to enlarge an exposure of hard subsurface material expected to yield a sample of ice-rich soil for analysis in one of the lander's ovens.
07.10.08 - Phoenix has touched Martian soil with a fork-like probe for the first time and begun using a microscope that examines shapes of tiny particles by touching them.
07.08.08 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's science and engineering teams are testing methods to get an icy sample into the Robotic Arm scoop for delivery to the Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer (TEGA).
07.07.08 - Phoenix used its Robotic Arm to deliver a second sample of soil for analysis by the spacecraft's wet chemistry laboratory.
07.02.08 - The next sample delivered to NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer (TEGA) will be ice-rich.
07.01.08 - Phoenix enlarged the "Snow White" trench and scraped up little piles of icy soil on Saturday, June 28. Scientists say that the scrapings are ideal for the lander's analytical instruments.
06.25.08 - New analysis of Mars' terrain using NASA spacecraft observations reveals what appears to be by far the largest impact crater ever found in the solar system.
06.27.08 - Phoenix scraped to icy soil in the "Wonderland" area, confirming that surface soil, subsurface soil and icy soil can be sampled at a single trench.
06.26.08 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander performed its first wet chemistry experiment on Martian soil flawlessly yesterday, returning a wealth of data that for Phoenix scientists was like winning the lottery.
06.25.08 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander placed a sample of Martian soil in the spacecraft's wet chemistry laboratory today for the first time.
06.24.08 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander repositioned its robotic arm slightly today and is now poised to deliver Martian soil to its wet chemistry laboratory.
06.21.08 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Saturday beamed back images showing that Phoenix’s Robotic Arm successfully sprinkled soil onto the delivery port of the lander's Optical Microscope.
06.20.08 - Scientists relishing confirmation of water ice near the surface beside NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander anticipate even bigger discoveries from the robotic mission in the weeks ahead.