So NASA made it official this week — the Phoenix lander is dead.
It’s not as though this came as a surprise. Phoenix was solar-powered, and since it was sent above Mars’ arctic circle, everyone knew the lander would die once its landing site became shrouded in winter darkness. Still, it’s more than a little sad that this plucky little lander‘s science-gathering days are over. I thought it would be appropriate to look back on its mission as a reminder of its achievements: