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Final Steps to Mars
spacecraft separation

This artist's animation shows the nail-biting "entry, descent and landing" phase of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander mission.

A similar animation, but with narration, can be found at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/phoenix/phx20080522.php .

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

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