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Hopes high for Friday launch of Mars lander

Citizen Staff Report

On Friday, the University of Arizona-led Phoenix Mars Lander Mission is scheduled to take off and begin its nine-month journey to the red planet.

The mission, slated to land on Mars on May 25, 2008, will search for evidence of water beneath the Martian arctic surface. The lander is called Phoenix because UA scientists hope it rises from the ashes of a lander that crashed in 1999.


Quiz: Think you know your Mars trivia? Find out with our online quiz.

Stories: A talk with Peter Smith, the brains behind the missions. Plus, drinking water on Mars.

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