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Mars Phoenix
The Robotic Arm of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander released a sample of martian soil onto a screened opening of the lander's Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer (TEGA) during the 12th Martian day, or sol, since landing (June 6, 2008). TEGA did not confirm that any of the sample had passed through the screen, which is designed to let fine particles through while keeping bigger ones from clogging the interior of the instrument. Each door is about 10 centimeters (4 inches) long. Image NASA/ JPL-Caltech/ University of Arizona/Max Planck Institute.



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