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Phoenix Twilight
Artist concept of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander

In this artist's concept illustration, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander begins to shut down operations as winter sets in. The far-northern latitudes on Mars experience no sunight during winter. This will mark the end of the mission because the solar panels can no longer charge the batteries on the lander. Frost covering the region as the atmosphere cools will bury the lander in ice.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Calech/University of Arizona

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