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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THE MISSIONThe University of Arizona is honored to be the first public university to lead a mission to Mars. The Phoenix Mars Mission, scheduled to land May 25, 2008, is the first in NASA's "Scout Program." Scouts are designed to be highly innovative and relatively low-cost complements to major missions being planned as part of the agency's Mars Exploration Program. Learn More