On Aug. 4, 2007, NASA launched its Phoenix Mars Lander on a mission to contact down on Mars. The robotic spacecraft was designed to seek for environments that may very well be appropriate for microbial life and to examine the historical past of water on the Red Planet. It lifted off at about 5:30 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and spent virtually 10 months making its approach to Mars. When Phoenix arrived on the Red Planet, it landed farther north than any spacecraft had ever gone earlier than. Not solely did Phoenix discover water-ice, nevertheless it additionally discovered what appeared to be small globs of liquid water.Catch up on our whole “On This Day In Space” collection on YouTube with this playlist.On This Day in Space Archive!Still not sufficient area? Don’t neglect to take a look at our Space Image of the Day, and on the weekends our Best Space Photos and Top Space News Stories of the week. Email Hanneke Weitering at email@example.com or observe her @hannekescience. Follow us @Spacedotcom and on Facebook.