Phoenix will not rise from the ashes.

Or should I say “ice.”

The Phoenix Mars Lander seems to be dead in the dust, with its solar panels having suffered severe winter ice damage as shown by photos from the Odyssey Orbiter:


The blue color on the left shows clean, reflective, round solar panels. The blacky-browny image on the right indicates that one of the solar panels is, essentially, gone and the other is yecked up.

More imagery and information about the photos are here.

More information about the Phoenix mission here: Press release by D.C. Agle and Dwayne Brown.

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