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Sunday, May 25, 2008

NASA To Attempt Rare Mars Landing Today

posted by on May 25 at 16:46 PM

Often enough, attempted landings of unmanned probes on Mars have ended in disaster. NASA is attempting one right now, the Phoenix project.

Check it out, live, on NASA TV.

Update at 4:55pm: A successful landing! Much nerdy rejoicing.

This pleasant little video explains the mission.

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woot! mars landing pwned!*

* Much nerdy rejoicing.

Posted by bearseatbeats | May 25, 2008 5:38 PM

They did it!! This is really great news.

Posted by notonthehill | May 25, 2008 6:37 PM

sad that unmanned missions get such little coverage.

they pulled all this off for "just" $420 million, the same as we spend in 3 or 4 days in iraq.

Posted by stinkbug | May 25, 2008 8:09 PM

Oh, forget about the $420 million. What about the carbon footprint?

Posted by elenchos | May 25, 2008 8:53 PM


Posted by nerd | May 25, 2008 10:47 PM

This is so awesome. It's insane that humans know how to do this.

Posted by Dan | May 25, 2008 10:53 PM

So, how much Earth bacteria and virus did we just introduce to Mars? In God's Universe were we supposed to do that? Just asking...

Posted by dick head | May 26, 2008 3:53 AM

"unmanned probes failed"?

u r terrist. rover lasted years passed expected death. sftu, non-science arsewiper.

* Mars 2, Prop-M rover, 1971, failed
* Mars 3, Prop-M rover, 1971, failed
* Sojourner rover, Mars Pathfinder, landed successfully on July 4, 1997. Communications were finally lost on September 27, 1997.
* Spirit, Mars Exploration Rover, landed successfully on January 4, 2004. Rover is still operating.
* Opportunity, Mars Exploration Rover, landed successfully on January 25, 2004. Rover is still operating.

u r nut jernalist. & ur facts r teh sux.

Posted by science | May 26, 2008 6:32 AM

Hooray NASA (and the University of Arizona)! Space exploration is one of the great events of our time.

initial mapping section from Phoenix:

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | May 26, 2008 12:33 PM

Let the discoveries begin. We truly live in the New Golden Age of discovery. Hooray for science!

Posted by Vince | May 26, 2008 2:48 PM

Wow, could this post have been more condescending? Gotta run- someone's complaining about showing the wrong movie...

Posted by Sciency | May 26, 2008 11:10 PM

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