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Phoenix Mars Lander: mission twilight

The Phoenix Mars Lander will begin to shut down operations as winter sets in. The far northern latitudes on Mars experience no sunlight during winter. This will be the end of the mission because the solar panels can no longer charge the batteries on the lander and the frost covering the region as the atmosphere cools will bury the lander in frozen carbon dioxide. Phoenix will uses it's camera to capture the ground turning white and the disappearing sun.



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