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A spacecraft headed for Mars launched Saturday morning will use Canadian technology to help determine if the red planet can support life.
The Phoenix Mars Lander, a product of NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, and universities around the world, will travel nine months to the distant planet some . If all goes to plan, Phoenix, which departed at 5:26 a.m. from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., will land near Mars’ north pole, where it will search for traces of water. It is the first ground-level exploration of the planet’s arctic region.