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Fraser
2008-Jun-11, 03:50 PM
Successful SprinkleThe Phoenix Mars Lander used its Robotic Arm during the mission's 15th Martian sol to test the "sprinkling" method for delivering small samples of soil to instruments on the lander deck. The "movie" shown here is a sequence of four images from the spacecraft's Surface Stereo Imager, and demonstrates the actions of Phoenix for [...]

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01101001
2008-Jun-11, 07:24 PM
Good news, sure to appear in its own article soon:

The final vibration attempt on the first TEGA sample miraculously worked. Suddenly the soil was in a mood to fall through the mesh. The oven filled quickly.

Yay!

(They will still use the sprinkle strategy, though, for furture deliveries.)

Drunk Vegan
2008-Jun-12, 07:43 AM
I hope it remembered to wipe afterward.