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May 25, 2008

Phoenix lands on Mars!

NASA's Phoenix lander has successfully touched down on Mars. A smooth atmospheric entry was followed by parachute deployment, separation, rocket firing and landing near the North Pole of Mars. The Phoenix probe, resurrected using backup equipment from a failed Mars mission, is a triumph of engineering. It is the first time that a probe has landed on Mars using retro-rockets in roughly thirty years. We expect images to come shortly, and will post links when they are available. Congratulations to all the engineers and scientists who make such amazing feats look easy

Posted by george_whitesides at May 25, 2008 08:11 PM



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