International Partnerships Plan Continued Exploration of Mars

Scheduled for launch in August 2007, NASA’s Phoenix mission will study the history of water and habitability potential in the Martian arctic's ice-rich soil. Partners in the mission will come from NASA, academia and industry, and include contributions from Switzerland, Germany and Canada. Phoenix was so named because, like the mythical bird, it is rising from the remains of a predecessor – a 2001 Mars lander that never was flown. U.S. Department of State

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