View Full Version : Phoenix Mars Lander Launches for the Red Planet

2007-Aug-06, 04:41 PM
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander blasted off early Saturday morning, beginning its mission to search for evidence of water, and maybe even life, on the Red Planet. ...

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2007/08/06/phoenix-mars-lander-launches-for-the-red-planet/)

2007-Aug-07, 01:55 PM
This is the first ever Mars landing attempt where they should be able to track live complete telemetry - from entry to landing, possibly even collecting wind data.

Historically, Mars descents are loaded with question marks concerning atmospheric profiles and parachute performance. A successful landing with complete telemetry might help resolve some of the questions and puzzles remaining from earlier descents.

Just as important, since the engineering data will be broadcast all the way down, if the landing fails, we should have a much better idea of what went wrong, and why.

2007-Aug-07, 02:44 PM
God, Jerry...can't you confine this "stuff" to ATM???

2007-Aug-07, 02:59 PM
This is a big deal here in Tucson, with the UofA instruments aboard.