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NASA says Mars lander dead, BP offers repair team

May 24, 2010

NASA said its Phoenix Mars lander, which landed on the red planet on May 25, 2008, has worked flawlessly gathering data on the atmosphere and soil of Mars. But now, after a long Martian winter, the Phoenix lander will not respond to commands from earth. As a result, NASA has written off the lander as dead and its mission finished.

The oil company BP, however, believes it’s topflight technologists can revive the lander. The company has offered a crack team to NASA for use in getting the lander working again. “We’d be happy to loan NASA one of our deep ocean drilling teams. They can solve just about any technical problem,” said a BP spokesman. “They don’t have much going on right now.”

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