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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander successfully landed in the northern polar region of Mars and sent back its first pictures of the planet's surface. The landing area is expected to be covered with water-rich permafrost that the Phoenix will scoop up with its robotic arm and test for the presence of the chemical ingredients of life.
The Phoenix touched down at 4:53 PT Sunday, extended it solar panels, and sent back its first pictures about two hours later. This false-color image shows the land around Phoenix. Following are the raw images sent back by the Phoenix.
Photo credits: NASA/JPL-Calech/University of Arizona