Mars

Good Mars Curiosity websites I’m encountering

I’ll keep adding to this list as I come across good sites and good web reads. The MSL Chronicles Pretty excellent. The creative and business lessons of the Mars rovers The Martian Chronicles Blog of ChemCam science team member Ryan Anderson. The movie they showed at this morning’s news briefing intercut the scene in the […]

Curiosity Landing Event

Curiosity Landing Event

Two hours to cruise stage separation, and Doc M and I are here at the Curiosity Landing Event at Pasadena City College in Pasadena. Lotta Mars Science Laboratory shirts (yes, we are wearing them), and OMG this is for reals jitters. Happily there is bandwidth, so this blog post will get updated as we go. […]

Mars landing tonight

Mars landing tonight

At a party last night for members of JPL’s radar department (my boyfriend Doc M works there), we compared notes, gossiped, discussed nerves and contingency plans (heard a bit of scuttlebutt about what procedures are in place in case of failure — these people are prepared), heard about last minute changes sent to spacecraft, ate […]

Mars won’t wait. Oh yes it will…. it’ll wait 2 years

I just heard that JPL and NASA announced that the launch date for Mars Science Lab (MSL) slipped from fall, 2009 to 2011. I’ll look for all the links and post them later. I’m buried deep in work today. My beau, Doc M, has been working in the group that’s built the radar that’s part […]

Bye bye, Phoenix

A mission that lasted 5 months (meant for 3): Phoenix Lander no longer communicating with us here on earth. Watch video recap.. This was the mission that twittered. Oh, and Phoenix guest-blogged at Gizmodo, too. UPDATE: How embarassing for the Pasadena Star News, the hometown paper for JPL. They mislead with their lede, saying that […]

Phoenix on Mars: Where to go for coverage

I’m not following the Phoenix Mars mission with the same kind of persistence as I did Spirit and Opportunity, the two rovers — there’s a family health matter that takes precedence. The Phoenix Mission team is doing daily briefings at 11am pacific/2pm Eastern that you can watch on NASA TV. (I just tuned in to […]

Mars Phoenix: Those amazing space men and their flying machines

Mars Phoenix: Those amazing space men and their flying machines

MRO, or Mars Reconnaisaince Orbiter, with the high resolution camera, got a shot of Phoenix during the descent. Look at this image, look at it!!! Smaller bright point, below, is Phoenix spacecraft, with parachute (larger bright spot, above) deployed. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona) Jim Erickson, mission manager for MRO, spoke to us last night at Planetfest. […]

Phoenix Landed. Perfect. Amazing.

Phoenix Landed. Perfect. Amazing.

No, I didn’t have WiFi at the Planetary Society’s Planetfest today. So if you came to this site, I hope the places I directed you to were good. Earlier in the day, JPL Director Charles Elachi told us that “landing on another planet is one of the most challenging things we do at NASA.” It […]

Mars Landing: Jargonwatch

Mars Landing: Jargonwatch

The landing of Mars Phoenix is littered with TLAs (three letter acronyms) and specific jargon that means stuff other than what you might think. Here, in no particular order, is jargon to watch for, with what it all means. Where orbiting spacecraft will be “listening in” when Phoenix enters the atmosphere and lands (NASA/JPL-Caltech) EDL […]

Phoenix Lands on Mars today

Phoenix Lands on Mars today

Mars Phoenix: Entry (NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona) Phoenix mission lands today — in less than 6 hours. The mission homepage has a countdown clock. Arizona Republic has the background story. (AZ news sources are good to check; the science part of the mission is being run out of University of Arizona) Today on NASA TV: Noon […]