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The Phoenix Mission, scheduled to launch in August 2007, will land on icy soils near the north polar ice cap and study the history of the water in these soils and any associated rocks. The lander will also monitor the polar climate.

The lander is NASA's first to investigate an icy region on Mars. It will search there for carbon-bearing compounds, potential building blocks of life.

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