2007 – Phoenix Robotic Spacecraft
The launch of the Phoenix robotic spacecraft on the 4th of August, 2007, was NASA’s sixth successful landing on Mars operating until November 2nd, 2008 with the last brief communication with Earth.
Its instruments were used to assess the local habitability and to research the history of water on Mars. The mission had two goals. One was to study the geological history of water, the key to unlocking the story of past climate change. The second was to evaluate past or potential planetary habitability in the ice-soil boundary.
The program was considered a success because it completed all planned science experiments and observations
Extra Note: The mission was part of the Mars Scout Program; its total cost was about US$386 million, including launch costs.
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