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Much left to do at UA headquarters before Mars winter
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Phoenix Mars Mission Principal Investigator Peter Smith is no stranger to the Red Planet. Smith previously worked on the Mars Pathfinder Mission and the ill-fated Mars Polar Landing.
Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Texas A&M University, The Phoenix Lander's robotic arm scoops up samples from Mars' surface and delivers them to the various science instruments located on the spacecraft. Recently the Lander confirmed the presence of water on the Red Planet.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, From left, William Hartmann, senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute; Alfred McEwen, principal investigator for the HiRISE Camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; and Peter Smith, Phoenix Mars Mission principal investigator, talk to NPR’s Ira Flatow during a live broadcast of "Talk of the Nation: Science Friday."