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The deck of the lander contains instruments used to collect external data, including atmospheric pressure, wind velocity and temperature sensors. This image depicts temperature contours showing the effect of the lander heating on the lowest of three temperature sensors. Image courtesy of ANSYS, Inc.
  
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Application: Phoenix Mission Accomplished With ANSYS Aboard
Posted Tue January 12, 2010 @08:59AM
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Application The University of Alberta scientists have used software from ANSYS to aid in interpreting weather data received from the Phoenix Mars Lander.

In creating a virtual environment of the planetís unique atmospheric conditions, scientists discovered that heat and radiation from the lander itself could affect daily readings, such as atmospheric pressure, wind velocity and temperature.

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