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Astronomy

Mars lander succumbs to winter

A view underneath the Phoenix lander, taken Oct. 18, 2008, during the 142nd Martian day, or sol, since landing.

Mission managers said Monday that they had not heard from the Phoenix Mars lander for a week and that they thought it had probably fallen quiet for good.

With the onset of winter and declining power generated by the Phoenix's solar panels, managers knew the lander would succumb soon, but had hoped to squeeze out a few more weeks of weather data.

Full story from New York Times.

NASA's Phoenix site.