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    Quote Originally Posted by bunker9603 View Post
    So once again Thank You!
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    New Scientist has some news of the scientific type. It's New Scientist so be skeptical.

    New Scientist: Mars lander to squirrel away soil in advance of winter (September 5)

    The Phoenix lander will try to stockpile soil samples as quickly as possible to make the most of diminishing solar power as the Martian winter approaches. But making full use of the lander's instruments may require an additional extension of the mission.
    This appears to be about the TEGA problem mentioned here earlier (article), and how they are trying to work around it.

    The new plan is to place samples in the remaining four TEGA ovens, or cells, and conduct preliminary analysis by the end of September.
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    Each sample will be heated at the lowest setting to vaporise any water - a key target of study - and dry out the sample for more analysis.
    But experiments at higher temperatures, which can reveal the presence of chemicals such as perchlorate, will wait until October.
    They are depending on a mission extension -- that would be very likely granted.

    But a glitch means TEGA will not be able to help push vapour produced when the soil is heated into TEGA's mass spectrometer, which measures its chemical composition.
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    "Admittedly it's limping along, but at least we're not dead," Goldstein told New Scientist.
    And they described a method of icy-soil gathering that worked when tested, so maybe stickiness is no longer an issue.

    Hmm... I'm recalling that early short problem was in the carrier-gas apparatus. Edit: Nope. Checked. It was in the gas ionization section, the primary filament, and they switched to the backup.

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    Seen one link farm, seen 'em all. But, here it is again anyway.
    NASA Phoenix Mission
    University of Arizona Phoenix Mars Mission
    University of Arizona Phoenix Mars Mission: Lander Gallery Index
    University of Arizona Phoenix Mars Mission: Press Release Gallery Index
    University of Arizona Phoenix Mars Mission: Mosaic Gallery Index
    JPL Phoenix Mission News
    NASA Phoenix Twitter Feed
    NASA Phoenix Multimedia
    CSA Phoenix Mars Mission
    Planetary Society: Phoenix Mission
    Planetary Society: Phoenix Non-SSI Raw Images
    Planetary Society: Phoenix Sol-By-Sol Summary
    Planetary Society: Weblog
    Emily Lakdawalla Ustream video chat (Wednesdays)
    Texas A&M University Phoenix SSI Raw Images Directory
    Unmanned Spaceflight Forum: Phoenix 2007/8
    BBC Science: Phoenix diary
    Google Mars landing site
    NASA TV (or NASA TV Yahoo! source or high-resolution)
    NASA TV Media Channel
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    A MarsPhoenix tweet presents the short and sweet angle: use the arm while there is more solar power available:

    Solar panels generate about 2000 watt-hours of energy per sol (down from 3500 in June). So plan is to dig many samples now & then analyze.
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    Smile

    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    Texas A&M University Phoenix SSI Raw Images Directory has it labeled:



    The clouds are moving in. Weather is a-changin'.
    I bet you think you are pretty smart coming up with all this information on moments notice don't you? Me too, you are nothing short of amazing. Wow, and I mean it. Do you realize what an asset you are to this board? You're so good at this that I think people just take you for granted and forget what kind of work goes into this display of anything and everything. You should have been the guy that started google--thank you--joe

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    Just a little background on the recalcitrant TEGA carrier gas section:

    Tufts University: Thermal Evolved Gas Analyzer

    Design & Implementation: [...] The TEGA gas-handling system regulates the carrier and calibration gases by pulsing a master valve, and distributes the gases to the ovens via a manifold assembly. The calibration tank contains 60.2% N2, 39.8% CO2, and 1 mL of H2O to produce a saturated vapor. The manifold uses commercially available, elastomer-sealed, normally closed solenoid valves. Prior to use, wax-motor mechanisms puncture nickel foils, which maintain the integrity of the supply tanks. Safety issues with respect to the gas vessels are covered in the Phoenix mission assurance plan.
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    Sol 104 Raw Images began arriving about 3 hours ago. There's not much enchanting among the first 25 images: atmosphere and telltale.

    Texas A&M University Phoenix SSI Raw Images Directory labels it:

    Sol 104: Remote sensing
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    News up.

    JPL Phoenix Mission News: Next Mars Soil Scoop Slated for Last of Lander's Wet Lab Cells (September 9)

    The next soil sample that NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will deliver to its deck instruments will go to the fourth of the four cells of Phoenix's wet chemistry laboratory, according to the Phoenix team's current plans.

    The chosen source for that sample is from the "Snow White" trench on the eastern end of the work area reachable with Phoenix's robotic arm.
    Also it reiterates the plan to fill the remaining TEGA ovens without waiting for results, and intentions to get an icy sample with a technique that worked in a test.

    As TEGA bakes samples, it identifies the temperatures at which volatile ingredients in the soil are vaporized. It also has a mass spectrometer to identify the vapors. A valve that controls the flow of a carrier gas for transporting the vapors to the mass spectrometer is no longer reliable, but researchers anticipate that the remaining samples will yield enough vaporized water and carbon dioxide to carry any scarcer vapors to the spectrometer. The team is also examining possible operational workarounds for unanticipated opening of a valve controlling flow of calibration gas.

    The Snow White trench is the chosen source for the next sample to go into a TEGA oven, as well as the next sample for the wet chemistry laboratory. For the TEGA sample, the team plans to use a rasp on the robotic arm to churn up ice-rich material from the hard floor of the trench. Ice-rich samples stuck inside the scoop during two attempts in July to deliver them to a TEGA oven. However, a test run on Aug. 30 verified that an ice-rich sample can be delivered using methods that minimize the time the sample is in the scoop and the exposure of the scoop to direct sunlight.
    I wonder if one of the remaining TEGA ovens is going to be used for a sample from the organic-free blank, in case they eventually see organics in the last three soil samples (or in data already gathered from the first four soil samples) and need to show it wasn't contamination.
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    Emily Lakdawalla, in an UnmannedSpaceflight article, reports about JPL's Barry Goldstein:

    He also said that it looks really unlikely that Phoenix will be heard from again after conjunction. However he had no doubt the mission would be re-extended beyond the September 30 extension up until conjunction.
    Conjunction is on or around 2008 December 5.

    Current plans call for the final WCL sample on Friday and, if that goes well, a Snow White sample for TEGA this weekend.
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    Discovered at Unmanned Spaceflight (Phoenix 2007/8 subforum), a couple of items:

    Dust devils spotted in Green Valley (near horizon, middle)


    New Scientist: Mars lander abandons underground salt search

    The Phoenix lander's search for past evidence of liquid water on Mars may have hit a snag. Soil from the lander's deepest trench has failed to fall into its wet chemistry laboratory, and mission managers are abandoning any further attempts to study the soil – at least for now.
    [...]
    "Mars is presenting us with a material that's more cohesive than most people had thought," Kounaves told New Scientist. This cohesiveness might be due to clays, salts, or some sort of electric charge, Kounaves says.
    That explains why MECA WCL #3 got two deliveries. More on salt there.
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    JPL Phoenix Mission News: Snow White Trench Prepared for Sample Collection

    The informally named "Snow White" trench is the source for the next sample to be acquired by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander for analysis by the wet chemistry lab.
    One MECA WCL left. I guess an icy-soil sample pair for both WCL and for TEGA, for comparison, makes sense -- but I thought icy samples for WCL were discouraged because wet samples would be diluted, when WCL adds water anyway. Maybe I'm misremembering.
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    Sol 105 Raw Images have just begun to arrive.

    Texas A&M University Phoenix SSI Raw Images Directory labels it:

    Sol 105: Document Sorceress 2 acquisition; remote sensing
    Edit:

    Possible delivery pose, for practice, for MECA WCL #2, the last unused cell.


    Possible scooped sample acquired for MECA WCL #2 (to be delivered way off on Friday?).


    I think they are giving the eye to the organic-free blank (or a block of cheese some assembly technician left behind), perhaps for eventual rasped sample for one TEGA oven.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    Looks like they might have something to say about the "growth" on one leg strut, the presumed ice deposits, probably from landing time. A recent under-lander image just was placed into a press-release image directory..
    There is a new article about this at UA News now:

    http://uanews.org/node/21442

    I just added a blog post about it also.

    Paul

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    The University of Arizona Mars Phoenix site has been down for hours, almost 5 as of now. Traceroutes to it die somewhere in Phoenix AZ on cirn.net.

    Guess I'll just have to rely on NASA and JPL for my fix.

    UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory website works and UA is alive.
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    Sol 106 Raw Images began to arrive about 3 hours ago. And I missed it. But, there's not that much to see -- atmosphere observations and a little frost watching, so far.

    Texas A&M University Phoenix SSI Raw Images Directory labels it:

    Sol 106: Hold sample [restricted sol]; remote sensing
    At least the UA Phoenix site is back on the Net. Edit: Or, not. I just tried a traceroute and it stopped the same place. No, that's not diagnostic. They must just be refusing pings at that point. The web site's up; it's just not replying when you poke at it with a sharp stick. All is well. Last down time was about an hour ago. Well, then again, it's not so swift; it's taking minutes to finish displaying all the thumbnails -- much like it's taking minutes to post an article to BAUT.
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    Maybe Phoenix will wake up from it's frosty chill during the Martian Spring? It is named "Phoenix" after all. It's got a "Lazerus feature" that will signal the Mars Orbiter when/if it re-awakens.

    http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2008/09/ma...c_heart-2.html

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    News!

    It's only the dust devils I already told ya about...

    JPL Phoenix Mission News: NASA's Phoenix Lander Sees, Feels Martian Whirlwinds in Action

    But, they've got a movie to watch.

    At least six different dust devils appear in the images, some of them in more than one image. They range in diameter from about 2 meters (7 feet) to about 5 meters (16 feet).
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    Old business...

    I should point out that the headline is a wee bit vague. They're not giving up on testing any deep samples for salt forever, but just temporarily abandoning attempts to analyze that particular soil from Rock Stone Soup trench -- because it stuck on the screen on the way into MECA WCL #3. Twice.

    They are taking a soil sample to MECA WCL #2, probably today or tomorrow, from Snow White trench.
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    what is about that rock soup trench that they cant get a sample into the lab,
    why is that other trenchs are preferable, i mean the soup trench cant be too far from the other trench's ,how different can it be from the rest ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sohh_fly View Post
    what is about that rock soup trench that they cant get a sample into the lab,[...]
    Oops, sorry, I meant Stone Soup (and corrected it) above.

    You can see the results on MECA WCL #3. The soil just mounded up on the screen at the mouth of the cell. It was extra clumpy. (The New Scientist story had conjecture why: salt, or clay, or static charge.)

    That's cell #2, unused, with a comb-like screen, low, left, and cell #3 above it at the top of the frame, covered in a mound of soil.

    I think this is a shot mid-delivery. Cell 3 at the far end got dumped on. And apparently not enough went through the screen.


    Stone Soup trench is very different from the others: it cuts across a polygon border. They could dig much deeper there than the other trenches which were all inside polygons. Stone Soup had no layer of hard ice just below the surface.
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    Sol 107 Raw Images just began to arrive.

    Texas A&M University Phoenix SSI Raw Images Directory labels it:

    Sol 107: Document Sorceress-2 delivery to WCL-2; remote sensing including dust devil hunting
    Of the first few images, all I see are the scoop with soil, so that's likely what is WCL-2 bound, a perhaps-icy soil sample from Snow White trench.
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    Planetary Society Weblog: Phoenix Sol 106 Update

    There, is discussed in depth:

    1) Failure to get sticky Golden Goose samples from Stone Soup trench into MECA WCL #3.

    2) Dust devils and other meterology.

    3) Barry Goldstein of JPL on a) what the TEGA problem is this time (with carrier gas) b) plans to use the last MECA WCL cell very soon c) scheme to fill the remaining TEGA ovens without immediate processing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sohh_fly View Post
    what is about that rock soup trench that they cant get a sample into the lab,
    why is that other trenchs are preferable, i mean the soup trench cant be too far from the other trench's ,how different can it be from the rest ??
    As others have pointed out, this is because one is from within a polygon and one from the trough between polygons. There are many types of polygons in permafrost terrain, all have complex architecture. Some examples (note that while materials may be quite different on Mars, the complex archiecture and history will be similar):

    Left from http://freenet-homepage.de/pimdekler...8c96001c2.html

    Centre left from http://www.crrel.usace.army.mil/perm...g3d_Wedges.htm

    Centre right from http://www.crrel.usace.army.mil/perm..._Formation.htm

    Right from http://www.crrel.usace.army.mil/perm...escription.htm
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    Sol 108 Raw Images have not yet begun to arrive. (The link is a guess and may prove to be wrong -- when images arrive. Edit: Fixed.)

    Texas A&M University Phoenix SSI Raw Images Directory labels it:

    Sol 108: Document sample acquisition and delivery to TA-1, pre-sample OFB; remote sensing
    So, intent to deliver to TEGA oven #1 is pretty exciting. When it happens. It might have happened already and we're just waiting for pictures. That would be an icy-soil sample from Snow White trench, the first that passes into the oven immediately, and icily, if the tested technique of doing it quick and out of the sunshine, works.

    Come on, pictures... It's been at least 18 hours since the last batch...

    Edit: And, I notice that Sol 107 never produced many pictures, 50-something to date. I wonder if they shot so few or if they shot more and failed to download them for some reason.

    Edit, 11 hours later (1626 UTC): no change. I wonder what's up. Phoenix is almost 10 hours into sol 109 on Mars. Sol 107 images, that first began arriving around 45 hours ago, are holding at just 52 downloaded, and still no Sol 108 images have arrived.
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    Still no Sol 108 (or 109) Raw Images at the University of Arizona site. Something's gotta be a wee bit broken.

    An informant tipped me to the fact that SSI images were being put on the Web at Texas A&M University Phoenix SSI Raw Images Directory. They label Sol 108, newly:

    Sol 108: Runout. [Was: Document sample acquisition and delivery to TA-1, pre-sample OFB; remote sensing]
    Sounds like there also was some operations problem somewhere so that they changed to do a runout, preplanned backup activities instead of what was planned.

    We probably didn't get the sample from Snow White into TEGA Oven #1.

    Some Sol 109 images have begun to arrive at Texas A&M University Phoenix SSI Raw Images Directory, too, labeled:

    Sol 109: OM doc, TECp doc; remote sensing including better dust devil hunting
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    I notice some Sol 109 images are labeled: "RA Move to OFB Acquire Pos". It looks like they will take a sample of the organic-free blank. And, take it to a TEGA oven, maybe. But, it could just be practice.

    This is such a pose, the scoop over the white chunk, the OFB, sort of in rasping position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    Still no Sol 108 (or 109) Raw Images at the University of Arizona site. Something's gotta be a wee bit broken.
    Back in business.

    Sol 109 Raw Images
    Sol 108 Raw Images
    Sol 107 Raw Images (now many more)

    Labels at Texas A&M University Phoenix SSI Raw Images Directory:

    Sol 110: Document Golden Goose sample to OM; image OFB; remote sensing
    Sol 109: OFB doc, TECp doc; remote sensing including better dust devil hunting (note: "door open" activity is a misnomer)
    Sol 108: Runout. [Was: Document sample acquisition and delivery to TA-1, pre-sample OFB; remote sensing]
    Sol 107: Document Sorceress-2 delivery to WCL-2; remote sensing including dust devil hunting
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    Sol 110 Raw Images have just begun to arrive.

    Texas A&M University Phoenix SSI Raw Images Directory labels it:

    Sol 110: Document Golden Goose sample to OM; image OFB; remote sensing
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    NASA Phoenix Mission News: More Soil Delivered to Phoenix Lab (September 16)

    This image, taken by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Surface Stereo Imager, documents the delivery of a soil sample from the "Snow White" trench to the Wet Chemistry Laboratory. A small pile of soil is visible on the lower edge of the second cell from the top.This deck-mounted lab is part of Phoenix's Microscopy, Electrochemistry and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA).

    The delivery was made on Sept. 12, 2008, which was Sol 107 (the 107th Martian day) of the mission, which landed on May 25, 2008.

    The Wet Chemistry Laboratory mixes Martian soil with an aqueous solution from Earth as part of a process to identify soluble nutrients and other chemicals in the soil. Preliminary analysis of this soil confirms that it is alkaline, and composed of salts and other chemicals such as perchlorate, sodium, magnesium, chloride and potassium. This data validates prior results from that same location, said JPL's Michael Hecht, the lead scientist for MECA.

    In the coming days, the Phoenix team will also fill the final four of eight single-use ovens on another soil-analysis instrument, the Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer, or TEGA. The team's strategy is to deliver as many samples as possible before the power produced by Phoenix's solar panels declines due to the end of the Martian summer.
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    Sol 111 Raw Images have just begun to arrive.

    Texas A&M University Phoenix SSI Raw Images Directory labels it:

    Sol 111: Lots of remote sensing
    Edit: That was a lot of images, 553 as of the moment. There were lots of horizon scanning, maybe looking for dust devils. I didn't see any, but sure didn't blow up but a few. There were some cool cloud shots.
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    Sol 112 Raw Images have just begun to arrive.

    Texas A&M University Phoenix SSI Raw Images Directory labels it:

    Sol 112: Remote sensing including MRO coordination
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    JPL Phoenix Mission News: Crumpled Heat Shield



    The Phoenix Mars Lander's Surface Stereo Imager took this image of the spacecraft's crumpled heat shield on Sept. 16, 2008, the 111th Martian day of the mission.

    The 2-1/2 meter (about 8-1/2 feet) heat shield landed southeast of Phoenix, about halfway between the spacecraft and its backshell/parachute. The backshell/parachute touched ground 300 meters (1,000 ft) to the south of the lander.

    The dark area to the right of the heat shield is the "bounce mark" it made on impact with the Red Planet. This image is the highest-resolution image that will likely be taken by the lander, and is part of the 1,500-image "Happily Ever After" panorama.
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