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This image released by NASA taken by its Phoenix Mars Lander’s Surface Stereo Imager on Thursday shows the Robotic Arm scoop containing a soil sample. It is poised over the partially open door of the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer’s number four cell or oven.
This image released by NASA taken by its Phoenix Mars Lander’s Surface Stereo Imager on Thursday shows the Robotic Arm scoop containing a soil sample. It is poised over the partially open door of the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer’s number four cell or oven.

PHOENIX: The Phoenix lander has made its first attempt to dump a sample of Martian soil into its tiny testing oven, but scientists say an unknown glitch kept any of the dirt from reaching the instrument. — PTI

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