Phoenix Mars Lander (image) University of Arizona Share Print E-Mail Caption The University of Arizona conceived of and ran the Phoenix mission, which landed near the north pole of Mars in May of 2008; it is the first Mars mission ever led by a university. Credit NASA Usage Restrictions Usage only permitted in conjunction with reporting/posting of this news release. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.