NASA Mars Lander Photo Gallery Life on Mars within reach Published Oct 23, 2008 8:36 PM Uncategorized SHARE NASA Mars Lander Image 1 The Aviation & Space overachiever of the year is, without a doubt, the Mars Phoenix Lander, which carried the most advanced equipment ever sent to a planet all the way to Mars and then discovered water ice, snow, and limestone-like compounds in the snow—all of which suggest that Mars just may have once been home to living organisms. NASA Mars Lander Image 2 The big discovery: water ice, just inches below the surface of the Martian arctic plane. Phoenix found the ice by scooping away the soil and “watching” it vaporize over the course of a few days. NASA Mars Lander Image 3 A panoramic view of Phoenix’s surroundings. NASA Mars Lander Image 4 A rendering of Phoenix at the Martian sunset. Soon, winter will set on Mars’s arctic plain. Phoenix will power down due to lack of sunlight and become covered in carbon-dioxide ice. The mission will then be over—unless the lander somehow survives the Martian winter. If it does, the lander’s “Lazarus mode” will bring it back to life next spring. Best of What's New MORE TO READ RELATED What actually happens to the clothes you donate depends on where you live It depends on where you live, but many thrift stores and other donation programs can divert even the most tattered items from the landfill. READ NOW RELATED Frozen Siberian microbes just woke up from a 24,000-year nap—and immediately got busy The microscopic organisms wasted no time cloning themselves. RELATED Enjoy clinical-grade facial at home with this anti-aging tool bundle, 13 percent off Dr. Pen works just like a magic wand.