Phoenix on Mars!
I sometimes wonder if we are losing our sense of wonder. Is it really possible to design, engineer and launch a mechanical contrivance on a ten month journey through space to make a soft landing on Mars? Must be – it happened Sunday evening, earth time. Here’s a pic of a Phoenix footpad beamed back to earth.
More amazingly, if that is possible, the Phoenix navigator took the Lander’s image just as it was deploying for landing.
Credit: Phoenix, HiRISE, NASA, JPL-Caltech, Univ. Arizona.
To learn more what went on, here is a video animation of the landing.
Dave, pinching himself.