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Old 26-05-2008, 12:07 AM   #1
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Default Phoenix Mars lander is down

The Phoenix Mars lander has apparently landed successfully on Mars.

Those guys at NASA continue to amaze...!
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Old 26-05-2008, 01:21 AM   #2
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Fantastic news! Now we get to wait for the cool pictures...

NASA's Mars program has recovered wonderfully from the twin failures of 1998. It's great to see the "sister ship" of the lander that was lost make it there in (so far) great shape.
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Old 26-05-2008, 01:28 AM   #3
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I'm thrilled!! Please, please find evidence of life!!
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Old 26-05-2008, 01:31 AM   #4
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Here's the link. http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/
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Old 26-05-2008, 04:29 AM   #5
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I laughed out loud when I heard a CNN Headline News radio report this afternoon, stating that "NASA hasn't had a successful probe landing on the Red Planet since 1976 with the Viking Landers."

Um, Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, anyone? Hellooo!

(They did not repeat the gaff in later updates. Must've had the contact lines ringing off the hook from frustrated people ringing in, who actually know a little bit about Mars exploration.)
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Old 26-05-2008, 06:43 AM   #6
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I think he meant to refer to the fact that there has not been a successful landing using this particular method since 1976. The other methods have seemed to work just fine.
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Old 26-05-2008, 08:51 AM   #7
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Lets hope it finds something interesting. NASA does wonderfully well considering they have so little money to do it with.
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Old 26-05-2008, 02:45 PM   #8
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I laughed out loud when I heard a CNN Headline News radio report this afternoon, stating that "NASA hasn't had a successful probe landing on the Red Planet since 1976 with the Viking Landers."

Um, Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, anyone? Hellooo!

(They did not repeat the gaff in later updates. Must've had the contact lines ringing off the hook from frustrated people ringing in, who actually know a little bit about Mars exploration.)
Exactly why I quit listening to CNN years ago, along with the rest of those guys. Watched it on NASA instead! WOW!!!
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Old 26-05-2008, 04:35 PM   #9
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I'm sure Senmut's right on this one, or at least I hope so; CNN could have been more clear, though. Of course, maybe they made a correction and I missed it.

I would have watched NASA TV, but I was at work, and only had access to a radio.
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Old 26-05-2008, 06:10 PM   #10
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Actually Mile O'brien mentioned a few times that this was the first time since 1976 that they have used thrusters to land. He even explained why (heavier spacecraft for a start). Watched the hour long special on CN then switched across to BBC24, so it was as good night.
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Old 26-05-2008, 09:59 PM   #11
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Lets hope it finds something interesting. NASA does wonderfully well considering they have so little money to do it with.
May be it'll send back pictures like this -

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Old 26-05-2008, 10:22 PM   #12
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Now this is a jaw-dropper-- an image of the Mars lander as it descends taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The larger white spot is the 10-meter wide parachute, the smaller dot the lander. And this was taken from 475 miles away!
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Old 27-05-2008, 12:36 AM   #13
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Wow.

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Old 27-05-2008, 02:26 AM   #14
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You can even see the tethers connecting the 'chute to the lander. Wow, indeed!

Science is cool, and reality is so much more exciting than special effects, because, well, it's REAL!
(But I still like a good sf movie when I see one. Which isn't very often, but hey...)
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Old 27-05-2008, 02:41 AM   #15
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They certainly were celebrating here in Tucson. We had great live coverage on our PBS affiliate and there were numerous events around town this weekend celebrating the history of Mars exploration.
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Old 27-05-2008, 03:25 AM   #16
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indeed it is unreal to think we have a probe on a near by planet hope they re-run the pbs show would like to see it
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Old 27-05-2008, 08:33 PM   #17
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The orbiter has now imaged the lander on the surface, as well as its heat shield, the backshell that connected it to the 'chute, and the 'chute itself, all within a sports stadium's area of each other. I'll edit in the link...
http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/images...2485_cut_a.jpg

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Old 27-05-2008, 08:49 PM   #18
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Wait till you see this one!

http://spaceflightnow.com/mars/phoen...0527crater.jpg

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Old 27-05-2008, 08:59 PM   #19
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What would you give to be sitting in a spacecraft looking out of a big panoramic window watching that?
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Old 27-05-2008, 10:39 PM   #20
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That would indeed be something! They might release it in colour too if any of the others are to go by.

Reminds me a bit of watching the Lunar Module Ascent Stage coming up to join the Command and Service Modules with the craters in the background.

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