Follow the arduous and dangerous repair mission to the Hubble Space Telescope on NASA TV. It is not Hulu and not Star Trek, but it is real and you get the added plus of seeing Earth passing underneath the hard-working astronauts. Do you get a view like this from your office window?
The Phoneix Mars lander has slipped into hibernation – a dangerous hibernation that it is not expected to awake from. One of the last Twitter posts from the landers was:
A surrogate Twitter post reads:
longer communicating with Earth. We’ll continue to listen, but it’s
likely its mission has ended.]
Someone from the Lander team has been posting anthropomorphic updates to Twitter.com pretending to be the lander itself. Now, in keeping with the harsh realities of conditions on another planet, that voice has fallen silent.
Nevertheless – three cheers to NASA and the Lander team based in Tuscon, AZ for a highly successful project on humankind’s likeliest future second home – Mars. Congratulations to all and sleep well Phoenix!
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Check out the NASA video explaining the landing challenges of the Phoenix Mars Polar Lander which is scheduled to touch down this coming Sunday. Three weeks ago I was at Kennedy Space Center for the very first time and was totally impressed and re-inspired by the US Space program. I’ll be watching for the success of this expedition to find water on the Mars pole.