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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 […]