Phoenix on Jeopardy!

by Chelsea Hodson

Phoenix may still be on its way to Mars, but it has already arrived on national television.

The Phoenix lander was the topic of a Final Jeopardy! clue that aired on March 4 on Jeopardy! The answer was, "A NASA Mars lander has this mythic name because it was made of parts from a scrapped 2001 mission." The question was, "What is Phoenix?" and the "scrapped mission" refers to the 2001 Mars Surveyor Lander.

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