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Originally posted by jupiter869
The Phoenix lander is supposed to land on Mars on Sunday May 25. A lot of people are already saying it is a "dangerous" landing, prepping the public for a more-than-likely crash landing and thereby ending another chance to publicly probe for life on Mars. Of course, if the Government gets concerned that they may actually find life with Phoenix, we may all find out through NASA that the Phoenix DID crash land, even if it didn't. Then the probe can explore and NASA can be unhindered in releasing sensitive findings it may uncover.
Let's hope it lands safely and opens up new insights!
We try not to drift too far from the facts and figures in the scientific forums.
I'd suggest we keep the fringe speculations to the proper forums.
Thanks for your cooperation.
NASA's Phoenix spacecraft landed in the northern polar region of Mars Sunday, May 25, 2008, to begin three months of examining a site chosen for its likelihood of having frozen water within reach of the lander's robotic arm. This black-and-white self-portrait shows Phoenix's leg nestled in the Martian soil.
Radio signals received at 7:53 p.m. EDT confirmed the Phoenix Mars Lander had survived its difficult final descent and touchdown 15 minutes earlier. The signals took that long to travel from Mars to Earth at the speed of light.