Monday, April 24th, 2017

Phoenix on Mars!

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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.

Foot of Phoenix
More amazingly, if that is possible, the Phoenix navigator took the Lander’s image just as it was deploying for landing.

Phoenix 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.

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