Sunday, May 25, 2008

Mars Landing

This photo, entitled 'So Few Rocks' , is Doug Ellison's interpretation of the Phoenix spacecraft's landing site on the flat northern Martian plain named Vastitas Borealis.

Phoenix has traveled 422 million miles over nearly 10 months and is set to land on Mars today. NASA refers to the period of hyper-deceleration and descent ''the scariest seven minutes of the mission''.

NASA has not had a successful soft landing in more than three decades since the twin Viking landers in 1976. So cross your fingers.

Be sure to click on the photo. It really does look like the Martian landscape.


At May 25, 2008 9:43 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

fingers crossed Cube!.Blessed Memorial Day to you and yours! :)

At May 25, 2008 4:53 PM, Blogger cube said...

Ditto to you & yours, Angel. Hope your Memorial weekend is a good one.

Odds of less than 50% are not that good, but mayhaps Phoenix will prove the stats wrong.

At May 25, 2008 7:21 PM, Blogger E. Peevie said...

So? Did it land successfully? Fingers crossed, wood knocked on, salt tossed over shoulder.

At May 25, 2008 7:31 PM, Blogger cube said...

e. peevie: It's about 8 minutes away. I'll let you know.

At May 25, 2008 7:56 PM, Blogger cube said...

The Phoenix landed at approximately 7:54 PM EST.


At May 26, 2008 11:34 AM, Blogger E. Peevie said...

Yay! Thanks for keeping me up-to-date on inter-planetary happenings.

At May 26, 2008 7:35 PM, Blogger cube said...

e.peevie: Glad to help.

At May 27, 2008 4:41 AM, Blogger Caz said...

"It really does look like the Martian landscape."

Oh good.

Not a sound stage on the back lots of Hollywood?


Nice landing, 'ey?

At May 27, 2008 7:35 AM, Blogger cube said...

caz: The photo was the contest winning shot that would most evoke the landing site on Mars. I thought it was hauntingly beautiful.

About the landing, I heard a NASA person call it about the best landing it could've been. I love it when the scientists get it right.

At May 27, 2008 6:49 PM, Blogger birdwoman said...

will the aliens like it if we bother them on mars?

So, we were watching the "crystal skull" special on SciFi last weekend... did you happen to catch it? If you didn't, try... it's priceless (did you know that we found a robot head on the moon, but left it there?!)


At May 28, 2008 8:48 AM, Blogger cube said...

bw: Time will tell.

I haven't seen the crystal skull "special". A robot head on the moon? It sounds goofy to me.

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