The first soft landing on Mars in over 30 years has just occurred (well it occurred 16 minutes ago at this writing, but it takes awhile for news to travel from one planet to another).
Phoenix is a project headed out of the University of Arizona. The first such project to be led by a university.
Another first. It is the first soft landing above Mars' arctic circle. Its landing zone was sited there to investigate the presence of water on Mars. Where is it. Where has it gone?
Here is the link to U of A's Pheonix project website.