Today marks the 9th anniversary of NASA launching Phoenix – a robotic spacecraft on a space exploration mission to Mars.
Here are a 7 cool facts about the mission:
- The cost of the total mission was $386 million, which is equivalent to £294 million – that’s a lot of money!
- Mission scientists used instruments from Phoenix to search for environments suitable for life on Mars and to research the history of water there.
- It was the first mission to Mars led by a public university in NASA history.
- Phoenix was NASA’s sixth successful landing out of seven failed attempts.
- The robotic spacecraft completed its mission in August 2008 – a year after its launched.
- After a number of unsuccessful attempts to contact Phoenix, NASA declared it to be dead.
- The program completed all planned science experiments and observations and was considered to be a success.
Your Life spoke to Ben Boyes, who worked on the ExoMars Rover Project which will make its way across the surface of Mars!
Click here to read more about Ben Boyes.