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Lander returns close-up pictures of Martian dust

This view from the Surface Stereo Imager on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander shows the first impression made on the Martian soil by the robotic arm scoop on Sol 6, the sixth Martian day of the mission, (May 31, 2008). . Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

The Phoenix lander has returned the highest-resolution pictures ever taken of dust and sand on the surface of another planet as it prepares for its primary mission of searching for signs of life on Mars, NASA scientists said on Thursday.

Full story from Reuters.

Phoenix Mars Lander makes an impression

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander reached out and touched the Martian soil for the first time on Saturday, May 31, the first step in a series of actions expected to bring soil and ice to the lander's experiments.

Full story from University of Arizona.

Camera on Mars orbiter snaps Phoenix during landing

A telescopic camera in orbit around Mars caught a view of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander suspended from its parachute during the lander's successful arrival at Mars Sunday evening, May 25. The image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter marks the first time ever one spacecraft has photographed another one in the act of landing on Mars.

Full story from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Landing story from the Christian Science Monitor.

Latest images from JPL.