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Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby JoshuaZ » Mon May 26, 2008 12:58 am UTC

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/space/05/2 ... index.html

To summarize the article, the Phoenix probe, made from the left over parts from two other projects, is the first probe to ever land near the north pole. Phoenix is designed to look for signs of life.

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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby Mr. Beck » Mon May 26, 2008 1:25 am UTC

Yay!

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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby 4=5 » Mon May 26, 2008 2:00 am UTC

... I thought she had died for real this time
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby JoshuaZ » Mon May 26, 2008 2:14 am UTC

4=5 wrote:... I thought she had died

You should have known she was going to come back...

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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby MotorToad » Mon May 26, 2008 2:47 am UTC

APOD did a neat little movie about her yesterday. I saw on NASATV where the probe had landed successfully but hadn't heard anything about us having heard back from it.


Edit: NASA updates page. HUZZAH!
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby CivilDefense700 » Mon May 26, 2008 3:17 pm UTC

Parts pieced together from two other projects?
Is NASA that hard pressed for funding? :lol:

I guess it's great that they're recycling all their leftover parts instead of building all new probes.

I would start to worry though if one of those projects was Apollo. :shock:
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby niko7865 » Mon May 26, 2008 8:00 pm UTC

The most impressive thing I have seen. Caught in mid descent.
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby ParanoidDrone » Tue May 27, 2008 2:38 am UTC

What...is that, exactly? I see gray with two white spots. o_O

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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby MotorToad » Tue May 27, 2008 2:49 am UTC

ParanoidDrone wrote:What...is that, exactly? I see gray with two white spots. o_O

It looks like dense forest to me. Probably from somewhere near where they faked the landing. :)

Actually, I'd say it's from background blur.
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby zenten » Tue May 27, 2008 4:42 am UTC

Does anyone else keep on picturing a 1970s British police drama when they see this thread title?

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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby Green9090 » Tue May 27, 2008 6:11 am UTC

zenten wrote:Does anyone else keep on picturing a 1970s British police drama when they see this thread title?

Oh God I can't un-read it!
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby hyperion » Tue May 27, 2008 10:12 am UTC

ParanoidDrone wrote:What...is that, exactly? I see gray with two white spots. o_O

That is exactly what you think it is: Phoenix descending to the Martian surface underneath its parachute. This incredible shot was taken by the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. You can easily see the ‘chute, the lander (still in its shell) and even the tether lines!

http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2008/05/26/best-image-ever/

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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby Jack Saladin » Tue May 27, 2008 12:37 pm UTC

... That is a mindboggling image. It's easier to make out in this:

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SRSLY. Does this count as the future yet?

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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby Plasma Man » Tue May 27, 2008 3:45 pm UTC

Good work NASA! I'm looking forward to reading about the information it collects.
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby Herman » Tue May 27, 2008 11:32 pm UTC

From the BoingBoing article on the landing:

How badass awesome is it to be a human? Super badass awesome.


Indeed, boingboing. Indeed.

This must be how other people feel about sports.

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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby Quantum Potatoid » Wed May 28, 2008 12:20 am UTC

ParanoidDrone wrote:What...is that, exactly? I see gray with two white spots. o_O

EDIT: 200th post, w00t.

It's the descending lander and it's parachute, taken from an Orbiter's camera.
Oh, and congratulations to NASA and their probe.
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby Kizyr » Wed May 28, 2008 3:39 pm UTC

My first thought is what new wallpaper images can I get out of this. Right now my computer at work has a desktop image of the Victoria and Endurance craters (dual-screen setup, so one on each monitor), both taken by Opportunity.

But seriously, yeah, I am excited about the prospects here. Can't wait to see what they find. KF
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby blanksy » Wed Jun 04, 2008 4:02 am UTC

Herman wrote:This must be how other people feel about sports.

Awesome.
Humans are pretty darn amazing sometimes.
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby Joeldi » Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:45 am UTC

Why don't they make all the camera's colour? Are they too delicate to survive the journey? I can't think of any other reason.
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby MotorToad » Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:49 am UTC

Joeldi wrote:Why don't they make all the camera's colour? Are they too delicate to survive the journey? I can't think of any other reason.

Then all the images would look like New Mexico...
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby 4=5 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:23 am UTC

Joeldi wrote:Why don't they make all the camera's colour? Are they too delicate to survive the journey? I can't think of any other reason.

less data that needs to be transferred?

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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby Jack Saladin » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:54 am UTC

^I'd guess that'd be it.

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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Postby e946 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:57 am UTC

It really doesn't seem like you would get much scientific data from color photos, especially in an area covered in ice. Most of the useful information would come from other wavelengths or other forms of collection entirely, so they don't bother spending money on it.

That's my guess, but I'm probably wrong.


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