Phoenix Mars Lander’s robotic arm makes contact (+photo)

June 3, 2008

The Phoenix Mars Lander’s robotic arm hit the planet in the field for the first time on Saturday. The effort, which has seven days after the lander touched down, is part of NASA‘s efforts to ball specimens red planet for experiments on the lander.

A giant “footprint” was left behind by the robotic arm of contact in the King of Hearts zone Mars. The mark, which was captured by the camera on the lander, looks like it could have been made by mythology Himalayas snowman. In reference to this, NASA has named the impression zone “Yeti“.

The lander, the camera has also taken other images of the area under the lander, which has been dubbed the “Snow Queen”. Images of the “Snow Queen” support site more NASA scientists assumptions that the region in and around the lander is composed of ice, according to a statement by Uwe Keller, the robotic arm of the device Research lead of the Max Planck Institute for research on solar systems.

NASA photos of this last event in Phoenix also offers a more philosophical reflection on the future of space exploration. Man of the first “footprint” in Mars was made by a robot slipping, not a step in humans.


First Images f Mars Planet from Phoenix Lander

May 27, 2008

Things are good for the Phoenix lander, which touched down on Mars at 4:53 pm on Sunday, May 25. NASA nerds reported a nearly perfect landing, with only spacebot inclined quarter of degree. In fact, they are arguing that the landing was “much smoother than any simulation test or who has never been done.” Lander from the North Pole-place is measured at -106 degrees Fahrenheit and full of life to preserving the ice. Phoenix on March cold for 90 days, sniffing the ground and the search for Martian frozen, whatever form they take May. Now that March Oddyssey – one of its main communications uplinks — Has risen above the lander, we have our first images, one of whom is above.

NASA Mars Phoenix lander to touched down on the Mars Planet

May 26, 2008

Wow, Phoenix lander is mere hours away from touch down on Mars, and NASA‘s blowing this thing. Not only do I become a live video feed from their side, but apparently Mission Control ops are liveblogging touchdown and the resulting alien encouners / total boring rock digging. Festivities kick off at around 6:00 PM ET, prepare to be stunned faces.

More information at NASA source:

Read – Phoenix mission page
Read – NASA Mission Control liveblog
Read – NASA live video feed