Mars in the news

Mars - NASA/JPLPlanet Mars is back in the news this weekend: NASA’s Phoenix spacecraft will attempt one of the most dangerous landings ever tried. The lander will attempt to set down in Mars north polar region after negotiating a perilous 15-minute entry into the Martian atmosphere.

If Phoenix survives the first seven minutes of fierce buffeting and heating (to thousands of degrees), it will then rely on a parachute and pulsing retrorockets to touch down.

Phoenix is equipped with a miniature backhoe and a set of sophisticated, automated laboratories that will analyze the soil and permafrost that Phoenix hopes to scoop up. Landing signals are expected around 4:53 PDT today

[Update] Phoenix landed successfully at 4:53 PM PDT.

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About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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3 Responses to Mars in the news

  1. Anonymous says:

    The next frontier: live photos from mission control. What a concept, wireless cameras actually being used for something.

  2. cg says:

    I’m interested… Phoenix will be sending back high resolution stereo photos from its new home… should have fun with the monster high-res versions on the new Mac…

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