This artist's conception shows NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander during its more than 9-month journey to Mars. During this cruise phase of the mission, the lander remains tucked inside its aeroshell, with the aeroshell attached to a cruise stage that will be jettisoned in the final minutes of flight.
This illustration is part of an animation that can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/phoenix/multimedia/animation.html .
The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development is by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.
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