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Stubborn Sample in Phoenix Scoop, Sol 62
Stubborn Sample in Phoenix Scoop, Sol 62

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander started its 62nd Martian day, or sol, (July 28, 2008) with an empty scoop, then collected material expected to be icy soil and attempted to deliver some of the sample to a laboratory oven on the deck. This image taken after the scoop had been inverted and a motor in the scoop had been run to jar sample material loose, shows that much of the sample remained stuck inside the scoop.

Phoenix's Robotic Arm Camera took this image at 8:00 a.m. local solar time on Sol 62. The width of the scoop is about 8.5 centimeters (3.3 inches).

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.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Max Planck Institute

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