On This Day in Space! Aug. 4, 2007: Phoenix Mars Lander offered to Red Planet

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On Aug. 4, 2007, NASA launched its Phoenix Mars Lander on a project to the touch down on Mars. 

The robotic spacecraft was designed to search for environments that may be appropriate for microbial lifestyles and to review the historical past of water on the Red Planet. It lifted off at about 5:30 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and spent nearly 10 months making its approach to Mars. 

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