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Old 05-25-2008, 09:23 PM   #1
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Mars landing how cool is this!

NASA - Phoenix

First pics, just really wild.
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First pics look suspiciously like West Texas. Maybe NASA made a serious trajectory calculation error (English/Metric units confused again?) Mission controllers will be surprised when a redneck in a beat-up pickup truck bounces through Phoenix's field of view.
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Old 05-25-2008, 10:12 PM   #3
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NASA - Phoenix

First pics, just really wild.

Ya neat stuff. Just watched the videos. Amazing what humans can do create and destroy quite well
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I watched it live on the internet. Retired from NASA@JPL March 2nd this year so very familiar with the program. Recognized a lot of the folks. Interesting that the head of NASA, Mike Griffin, kept a low profile, barely spotted him in the crowd. Usually the local guy gets to explain a failure and the head of the agency gets to go on TV and claim successes, that speaks well of him.
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That polygon looks like home plate to me! Maybe I have baseball on the brain. The Mariners lost again today.
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One Mars mission taking a photo of the beginning of another Mars mission
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One Mars mission taking a photo of the beginning of another Mars mission


Camera on Mars Orbiter Snaps Phoenix During Landing
05.26.08 -- A telescopic camera in orbit around Mars caught a view of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander suspended from its parachute during the lander's successful arrival at Mars Sunday evening, May 25.
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NASA stuff has always been one of my favorite things to watch. I guess it is the scientist in me. My boss way back in the 70's worked on the Pioneer project (a fellow microbiologist) until he got laid off.

I have been a SETI computer time donator for several years. Have not found ET yet but who knows?
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Camera on Mars Orbiter Snaps Phoenix During Landing
05.26.08 -- A telescopic camera in orbit around Mars caught a view of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander suspended from its parachute during the lander's successful arrival at Mars Sunday evening, May 25.
Pretty amazing stuff.
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05.26.08 -- A telescopic camera in orbit around Mars caught a view of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander suspended from its parachute during the lander's successful arrival at Mars Sunday evening, May 25.
That pic is fantastic.
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An excellent use of tax dollars - too cool for words!
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Some more photos.

http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech...ages/1109b.jpg

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An excellent use of tax dollars - too cool for words!
I heard we're digging for oil there. Don't know if it's true or not.
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OH no...think of the environmental issues that need to be addressed!
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You jest, but I've heard there are some who are against terra-forming Mars, like that's going to happen, because we'd be disturbing the natural environment...

The primary method for terra-forming would be to add greenhouse gases to warm the planet. We have the technology...
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with how very poorly we've treated this planet, our colonization of other worlds does make us look a bit like cancer. if there already is intelligent life out there, perhaps they won't notice until we have metastasized beyond their control.
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with how very poorly we've treated this planet, our colonization of other worlds does make us look a bit like cancer. if there already is intelligent life out there, perhaps they won't notice until we have metastasized beyond their control.
Lives of a cell - by Desmond Morris - great book, makes this comparison.

Naked ape -another great book by him
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An actual powered, controlled successful landing! Awesome.

SteveR: re ET, Paraphrasing Edward Teller from many moons ago, we are already here, hiding in plain view.
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