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Photos: NASA's Phoenix Lander on Mars

The Smile of Success

NASA/JPL-Calech/University of Arizona

Phoenix team members celebrate the Phoenix landing on Mars, May 25, 2008.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/Washington Univ. St. Louis/JHU APL/Univ. of Arizona

The center of the red circle on this map shows where NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander eased down to the surface of Mars, at approximately 68 degrees north latitude, 234 degrees east longitude. Engineers had predicted it would land within the blue ellipse. Phoenix touched down on the Red Planet at 4:53 p.m. Pacific Time (7:53 p.m. Eastern Time), May 25, 2008, in an arctic region called Vastitas Borealis.

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