View Full Version : Phoenix spacecraft lands safely on Mars

05-26-2008, 01:03 AM

"After a nearly picture-perfect arrival, the craft sends back its first images -- crystal clear -- showing its solar arrays deployed and the lander sitting on a stable area of the Red Planet's northern pole." By John Johnson Jr., Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
7:24 PM PDT, May 25, 2008

"The first spacecraft designed to taste the water of an alien planet landed safely on Mars' northern pole Sunday afternoon, beginning a three-month mission to determine whether the Red Planet ever did, or still might, support rudimentary forms of life.

The Phoenix spacecraft parachuted to the planet's surface at 4:53 p.m. PDT, successfully ending a 422-million-mile journey[/quote]

NASA photo showing a portion of the Martian landscape seen from the Phoenix Mars Lander."


From the LA Times;

05-26-2008, 01:09 AM
I wish I was on board......:D That would be :cool:

05-26-2008, 01:35 AM
This is an amazing time in history! One day we might all be able to go! :cool:

06-01-2008, 12:57 AM
From FoxNews

Phoenix Lander May Have Uncovered Ice on Mars' Surface

TUCSON, Ariz. Scientists overseeing the Phoenix Mars Lander said Saturday they believe the spacecraft's thrusters uncovered a large patch of ice on the Martian surface.

That bodes well for the mission's main goal of digging up ice and testing it for evidence of organic compounds that are the chemical building blocks of life.

Project scientists can't yet be completely certain but have reached a consensus that the material is ice that had been covered by just a few inches of dirt, said Peter Smith, a University of Arizona scientist who is the chief project investigator.

More...... (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,361171,00.html)

Now if they just had a little hard liquor to pour over that ice.......