Peter Smith, the mission's principal investigator, describes the four primary aims of the Phoenix Mars Mission: to discover ice below the surface; to find out if that ice ever existed in liquid state; to see if that water hosted organic materials; and to learn more about Mars' polar weather. (Videography: Cameron Dickinson).
The Canadian contribution to NASA's Mars Phoenix lander is a weather station. Find out more about the instrumentation aboard Phoenix and the Dalhousie connection to this latest chapter in the exploration of the Red Planet. (Editing: Findlay Muir; Videography: Cameron Dickinson.)
Research Associate Cameron Dickinson describes the Phoenix mission to Mars and the role of the lidar project at Dal, which will be part of the spacecraft's payload.
Watch an animation of the Phoenix's entry into the Martian atmosphere.
Dust devils occur seasonally on Mars and are believed to play a major role in the Martian climate. Similar to the cooling and heating of Earth's atmosphere by water vapour and clouds, the dust devils on Mars are a means of conducting heat between the surface and the atmosphere.
An animation showing how the sun shines on the lander over a typical day.