August 2, 2007N
ASA's latest effort to search for water on Mars launches August 4. The Phoenix mission will then blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on its way to Mars' frigid arctic. With help from its soil-scooping, telescoping arm, the craft's onboard science lab will see if conditions favorable to earthlike life exist or have existed in the past. Phoenix will also monitor the martian polar climate.
In this week's show, Phoenix team member Andy Shaner discusses what Phoenix will do at Mars.
To learn more about this mission, visit Phoenix's web site
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