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In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility the solar array panels have been unfolded around the Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft.

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In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the solar array panels have been unfolded around the Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft. The deployment of the panels is part of the pre-launch testing under way. Phoenix will land in icy soils near the north polar permanent ice cap of Mars and explore the history of the water in these soils and any associated rocks, while monitoring polar climate. Landing on Mars is planned in May 2008 on arctic ground where a mission currently in orbit, Mars Odyssey, has detected high concentrations of ice just beneath the top layer of soil. Phoenix is scheduled to launch Aug. 3. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton

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  • Title: In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility the solar array panels have been unfolded around the Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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