NASA Picks Mars Lander For First Scout Mission

NASA selected today a new lander mission to explore the high northern latitudes of Mars. That zone is thought be the site of a rich reservoir of sub-surface ice. Under the space agency’s Mars Scout program, the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory will build Phoenix. The craft is set to haul a set of built but never flown instruments designed for a cancelled 2001 Mars Surveyor Lander.