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The Mars Phoenix Lander's End of Mission is an interesting story. It was left in a state such that had it survived the Mars winter of 2008, it could potentially be contacted again in 2010.

The Phoenix landing site was above Mars' arctic circle, and it is believed that the weight of CO2 ice buildup on its solar panels was so great that they were destroyed, which is consistent with failure to respond in 2010.

The Wikipedia article links to the LATimes' 2010 article Phoenix Mars Lander won't rise again as well as to an Archived copy of an Aviation Weekly article Hello Spacecraft? Are You Listening? which shows the a copy of the image below.

The image itself is taken from the 2010 BBC News article Nasa's Phoenix Mars lander 'broken by ice'.

Question: Are there any more recent images of the Mars Phoenix Lander showing what happened to its structure after even more cycles of winter ice build-up?


Nasa's Phoenix lander broke apart during Mars' winter: Before Nasa's Phoenix lander broke apart during Mars' winter: After

Nasa's Phoenix lander broke apart during Mars' winter

A much diminished outline is apparent in the latest images. Credit NASA

New images appear to confirm that Nasa's Phoenix lander broke apart during Mars' winter.

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