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Originally posted by yeti101
reply to post by Denied
the education and media streams are other stuff they usually stream. They stop them to give all the bandwidth to nasa tv for phoenix. There will be no disruption to phoenix coverage
Will Phoenix land or crash on Mars?
(Light Detection and Ranging) is an optical remote sensing technology that measures properties of scattered light to find range and/or other information of a distant target. The prevalent method to determine distance to an object or surface is to use laser pulses. Like the similar radar technology, which uses radio waves instead of light, the range to an object is determined by measuring the time delay between transmission of a pulse and detection of the reflected signal
Throughout the course of Phoenix surface operations, MET will record the daily weather of the martian northern plains using temperature and pressure sensors, as well as a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) instrument. With these instruments, MET will play an important role by providing information on the current state of the polar atmosphere and how water is cycled between the solid and gas phases in the martian arctic.
The MET's lidar is an instrument that operates on the same basic principle as RADAR, using powerful laser light pulses rather than radio waves. The lidar transmits light vertically into the atmosphere, which is reflected off dust and ice particles. These reflected light pulses and their time of return to the lidar instrument are analyzed, revealing information about the size of atmospheric particles and their location.
From this distribution of dust and ice particles, scientists can make important inferences about how energy flows within the polar atmosphere, important information for understanding martian weather. These particles also reveal the formation, duration, and movement of clouds, fog, and dust plumes, improving scientific understanding of Mars' atmospheric processes.
Originally posted by PullThePin
I'm wondering if the images are being converted to black and white for the public? Surely they didn't send that lander all the way to Mars without a color camera.
A stereo color camera and a weather station will study the surrounding environment while the other instruments
check samples of soil and ice for evidence about whether the site was ever hospitable to life. Microscopes will reveal features as small as one one-thousandth the width of a human hair.