Monday, May 26, 2008

Yesterday I went to the web site for the Phoenix mission to Mars to watch the webcam broadcast of the landing. The site is here. I have followed all of the Mars explorations with fascination from the first Viking lander in 1976. This mission can only last about 90 days until the winter sets in at this site near the Martian North Pole. At that time the region will be plunged in to freezing temperatures and the probe will be frozen in dry ice. Until that time though it hopes to dig below the surface in search of water ice and signs of ancient or current life. It is thought that this was the sea bed of a large Northern Ocean that once existed on Mars. It would be extremely cool if they found fossils.


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