Mars Phoenix ends its mission

For those interested in space and NASA, you'll most likely be saddened to learn that the Mars Phoenix ends its mission yesterday. Yes, the little robot that found water on the barren planet stopped communicating with Earth yesterday, officially bringing the project to a close.

Interestingly enough, the Mars Phoenix was very connected on the Internet and would offer updates as to its status by means of Twitter. Standard status updates were the typical fare, like when the Phoenix went into safe mode and when it found its solar panels blocked by dust storms.

But the Phoenix also cracked wise more than a few times, answered questions and even participated in Talk Like a Pirate Day. But now that the Mars Phoenix has ended its run, all we can do is look back on what transpired and hope for more innovative projects from NASA.