Dusty Days Nearly 10 years ago, the Mars Phoenix Lander parachuted down to its new home, near the North Pole of Mars. It landed in May 2008 and operated through early November of that year, surpassing its stated mission by two months. But it slowly lost power. Images taken in 2010 showed that ice had severely damaged its solar panels. Last December, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance orbiter spotted Phoenix's landing site (the dark spot to the top left) and its parachute (the dark spot to the lower right). The darker image, where the two sites are more pronounced, was taken soon after it landed in 2008. The more recent image, taken in December 2017, shows that dust has slowly reclaimed the landing sites, making both the chute and lander fade into the Martian background.