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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 […]

Mars Phoenix lands this Sunday.

The mission has a blog. NYTimes explains what’s gonna happen during landing. I’ll be at the Plantetary Society’s Planetfest on Sunday, where there’ll be good live coverage of the event. I’m taking my powerbook and if there’s wireless there, I’ll be liveblogging. (They’ve had wifi available at two past events so I’m hopeful) If you’re […]