Phoenix Mars Lander and surrounding ground as seen from orbit on Feb. 25, 2010. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
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Mars Odyssey and Phoenix Status Report
PASADENA, Calif. - From April 5 through April 9, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will conduct a third campaign to check whether the Phoenix Mars Lander has come back to life after experiencing a Martian arctic winter it was not designed to survive. The orbiter received no signal from the solar-powered lander during two listening campaigns earlier this year. While Odyssey listens for Phoenix during 60 overflights next week, the Phoenix site will be in around-the-clock sunshine. Phoenix completed its three-month mission in the Martian arctic in 2008 and worked for two additional months before energy became insufficient.