Phoenix Mars Research Paper

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For our Canadian Space Technology/Project, we chose was the Phoenix Mars Mission. The Phoenix spacecraft launched from the Kennedy Space Centre on August 4th, 2007 and landed on Mars on May 25th, 2008, this spacecraft landed near the northern polar cap also known as the Vastitas Borealis. The Phoenix was created by Malin Space Science systems and was named after the mythological bird that is born from its own ashes. This mission is Canada's first time landing on Mars and to explore the arctic region on ground level. This spacecraft, the Delta ll rocket is solar-powered and was planned to last ninety days. The purpose of the spacecraft was designed to measure Mars' temperature in the lower atmosphere, this mission was to show whether the planet was able to…show more content…
If these discoveries of possibilities of ice (which results in water) on Mars go further into research then it could be a place for humans to live. Earth is the most habitable planet but Mars is second, because the soil has water but the climate is extremely harsh and cold, the atmosphere of Mars is 100 times thinner than Earth’s and has 95% of carbon dioxide. Mars can be a place to live but there are so many cons that it might not be possible. The Phoenix has three vertebrae back bones, a robotic arm, a robotic camera, two sets of solar arrays, thermal and gas analyser, mars descender, and meteorological station. To us the Phoenix spacecraft looks like a bird because the solar panels act as the wings and the robotic arm acts as the head. The companies that were involved with the spacecraft were the NASA’S Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Canadian Space Agency, MacDonald Dettwiler, Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Associates, Finnish Meteorological Institute and other aerospace companies. The Phoenix is important to the economy of Canada because there could be hopes for human exploration and future robotic
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