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It's official, NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander is dead.

autos Updated: May 27, 2010 00:34 IST

It's official, NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander is dead. The US space agency has confirmed that its tenacious robot has not survived the harsh arctic winter on the Red planet and seems to have suffered serious ice damage to its solar panels.

Phoenix was launched on August 4, 2007 and touched down on the Red planet on 25 May 2008. It last communicated on November 2, 2008, at the end of a mission during which it confirmed and examined patches of the widespread deposits of underground water ice detected by Odyssey.