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Electrochemistry on Mars about to begin!

The Phoenix Mars lander touched down successfully on May 25, 2008. This lander carries the MECA instrument package that was originally designed for the cancelled Mars Surveyor 2001 project. Now, seven years after its planned deployment, the MECA instrument is in place and ready to go to work, MECA stands for "Microscopy, Electrochemistry, Conductivity Analyzer." Tufts University faculty member Sam Kounaves is on the MECA team.

You can get up-to-date information and images on the mission from the Phoenix homepage.

 ( May 2008 )Top



  UPDATE  After many months of service, Phoenix is slowly dying, and is not expected to survive the Martian winter. Unlike the pair of Rovers, Phoenix landed near the Martian pole. Prolonged darkness and 'snow' covering the solar cells mean that Phoenix will not have enough energy to power up in the spring.

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