Sunday

NASA's Mars Landing (& classic footage)

-Posted by D. Worth (US) | for- M. Barbay (France)
We did it! Mankind lites upon Mars!!
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander sped on Sunday morning toward its arrival at Mars, as the tug of the Red Planet's gravity accelerated the craft during the final day of its trip...
They're dancing at NASA Int'l! Slideshow!



The 422-million-mile flight from Earth to Mars,
set to land 5/25/08! -As of noon PDT today, Phoenix had 1.28 million miles left to travel!
The Phoenix mission is led by Smith at the University of Arizona with project management at JPL and development partnership at Lockheed Martin...Image: NASA -Mars weather!

International contributions from the Canadian Space Agency; the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland; the universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark; Max Planck Institute, Germany; and the Finnish Meteorological Institute!

View animation of Sunday's landing! No trajectory correction needed: 5/24.

Phoenix Lander Update:
No Saturday Night Maneuver for Phoenix
Sunday at 4:53 p.m. Pacific Time is the first possible time for confirmation that Phoenix has landed. The landing would have happened 15 minutes earlier on Mars, but the radio signals take 15 minutes to travel from Mars to Earth at the distance separating the two planets today
I believe that this was touted long ago as a 2020 landing (haha)
The Int'l community of NASA are 'over-achievers!"


...And look at this classic footage released from NASA!
My goodness, they did an extreme video!

Stay tuned, and view Mars landing on: NASA- TV

Phoenix is getting about 2 million miles per gallon!
So says Brent Shockley, NASA's Phoenix Configuration
and Information Management Engineer...

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