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    Posted: 25 May 2008 at 1:53pm

Mars probe set for risky landing

An American spacecraft is about to attempt a perilous landing on the surface of Mars.

Nasa's Phoenix lander is due to touch down on Monday in the far north of the Red Planet, after a 423-million-mile journey from Earth.

The probe is equipped with a robotic arm to dig for water ice thought to be buried beneath the surface.

Scientists say the mission should give the clearest indication yet of whether Mars could once have harboured life.

The final seven minutes of the probe's ten-month journey is regarded as the riskiest part of the mission.

Phoenix diary: Mission to Mars

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