Big risks, rewards in 2007 mission Arizona Daily Star

Winning the largest single grant in UA history for a 2007 mission to Mars against stiff competition sounds easy when compared with safely landing the $300 million spacecraft on the surface of the Red Planet. A soft touchdown for the spacecraft dubbed the Phoenix mission was the main topic at the first formal meeting of mission scientists held this week, said William Boynton, UA cosmochemist and co-principal investigator for the mission.