06.02.08 - One week after landing on far-northern Mars, NASA Phoenix spacecraft lifted its first scoop of Martian soil as a test of the lander's Robotic Arm.
06.01.08 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander reached out and touched the Martian soil for the first time on Saturday, May 31, the first step in a series of actions expected to bring soil and ice to the lander's experiments.
05.31.08 - A view of the ground underneath NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander adds to evidence that descent thrusters dispersed overlying soil and exposed a harder substrate that may be ice.
05.30.08 - Scientists have discovered what may be ice that was exposed when soil was blown away as NASA's Phoenix spacecraft landed on Mars last Sunday, May 25.
05.29.08 - NASA's Mars lander is returning more detailed images from the Martian surface and is now preparing its instruments for science operations.
05.28.08 - Scientists leading NASA's Phoenix Mars mission from the University of Arizona in Tucson sent commands to unstow its robotic arm and take more images of its landing site early today.
05.27.08 - NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully received information from the Phoenix Mars Lander Tuesday evening and relayed the information to Earth.
05.27.08 - NASA's Phoenix Lander is ready to begin moving its robotic arm, first unlatching its wrist and then flexing its elbow.
05.26.08 - A telescopic camera in orbit around Mars caught a view of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander suspended from its parachute during the lander's successful arrival at Mars Sunday evening, May 25.
05.25.08 - A NASA spacecraft today sent pictures showing itself in good condition after making the first successful landing in a polar region of Mars.
05.25.08 - NASA's Phoenix spacecraft landed in the northern polar region of Mars today to begin three months of examining a site chosen for its likelihood of having frozen water within reach of the lander's robotic arm.
05.25.08 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander sped on Sunday morning toward its arrival at Mars, as the tug of the Red Planet's gravity accelerated the craft during the final day of its trip from Earth to Mars.
05.24.08 - It’s a rainy day here in Pasadena, CA today, but the weather looks good on Mars for a landing this Sunday.
05.25.08 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will reach Mars this evening with no further adjustments to its flight path.
05.24.08 - This is the latest update for the Phoenix Mars Lander mission.
05.21.08 - It’s now Wednesday, and Phoenix is fast approaching Mars. In fact, if you were hitching a ride on Phoenix, right now Mars would look about a third the size of the full moon viewed from Earth.
05.23.08 - It’s a rainy day here in Pasadena, CA today, but the weather looks good on Mars for a landing this Sunday.
05.22.08 - The spacecraft is operating well for us as the teams continue to work on the final landing simulations and trajectory analyses.
05.22.08 - It feels a bit like waiting for a theatrical performance or an instrument recital -- we're tuned up, and the anticipation of curtain time is growing.
05.22.08 - With three days and 3 million miles left to fly before arriving at Mars, NASA's Phoenix spacecraft is on track for its destination in the Martian arctic.