View Full Version : Watch the Mars Phoenix landing today!

25th May 2008, 17:54
I'm holding thumbs for this critical phase of the mission...

Coverage begins at 6pm EDT today:




25th May 2008, 18:15
This may be more appropriate on the Rant, BUT. I'm old enough to have been amazed at Alan Shepard riding a firecracker downwind for 300 miles. I love science as much as the next guy, (More?), but bloody billions looking for fleas on ANOTHER FRIKKN PLANET when we can't Fuel our aircraft is stupid beyond denial. Think??


tony draper
25th May 2008, 18:17
What time is 6pm EDT in English money?:confused: :)

25th May 2008, 18:22
EDT is 4 hours behind of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

tony draper
25th May 2008, 18:28
So it's landing at 9 pm GMT? why didn't NASA just say that.:rolleyes:

eastern wiseguy
25th May 2008, 21:29
Surely 2300 local time UK?.Or have I lost the plot totally?

25th May 2008, 21:57
It would appear they intend to land it on the Dumbarton Bridge, near Palo Alto.


25th May 2008, 22:12
Why is it landing in San Francisco? :hmm:

Phoenix Landing Ellipse Over San Francisco

25th May 2008, 22:39
At 2156Z, 2256A, NASA website shows just under 3 hours to Parachute deployment

25th May 2008, 22:53
Thanks for the reminder KDY! I had set a reminder but then turned my cellphone off!!

The NASA TV programming for the Phoenix landing will apparently commence at 1130pm UK time :ok: I, for one, will be watching :)

This is the link I use to access NASA TV and its schedules:


26th May 2008, 00:22
From a Lockheed Martin Aerospace Engineer, commenting on the approach of the Phoenix to Mars:-Travelling at mach 1.5 . . . Just what significance does the speed of sound (in air?) have WRT a vehicle travelling close to Mars?
Is it postulated that the atmosphere surrounding Mars bears comparison to that surrounding Earth?
I think we should be told . . .

26th May 2008, 00:38

26th May 2008, 00:47
Cruise stage separation successful...

26th May 2008, 00:52
Parachute deployed!

26th May 2008, 00:57
Touch down!

Phoenix has landed.


26th May 2008, 00:59
I think we just witnessed something very special; I haven't felt so enthralled since the first moon landing!

26th May 2008, 01:00
Not a bad way to spend fifty thousand person years of effort.. Hope it works for a long & useful life. Congrats to all!

26th May 2008, 01:01
Good job!!! Absolutely perfect! :ok:

And, as an aside, tonight I changed my basic parky medication for the first time and.. so far so good so... will ALWAYS remember this evening :ok:

26th May 2008, 01:13
Having a second-by-second account (albeit phase-shifted by ten minutes) adds a certain 'security'.
Unlike the successful US space agency rovers - the mobile "geologists" Spirit and Opportunity - Beagle had no means of contacting Earth from the moment it left its mothership, to the point it was supposed to open its antenna on the Martian surface.
Had it been able to feed back some information as it raced into the Martian atmosphere at 5km/s, the Beagle team might now have a better idea of which aspect of the entry/descent/landing sequence went wrong.

26th May 2008, 14:59
Instead of the expected little green men, it seems that they are blue (at least their upper bodies) and they indulge in ritualistic reciprocal appendage-grasping when excited . . .

26th May 2008, 21:37
Watching NASA TV, there was a guy talking about food in space that I'm sure is a Brit who became a cosmonaut on the ISS. The name Michael Foley came to mind, but I cannot find any reference using Googoo.
Have I got the name wrong?

26th May 2008, 21:46
I think the BBC used to call him "British Astronaut Michael Foale".

26th May 2008, 22:21
Thanks, polecat.
I was close, but not close enough for Googoo.
I even tried 'Brit astronaut/cosmonaut' combinations but drew a blank every time.
Good job there are humans who can do fuzzy logic!

It was bothering me because the name came up strongly (like when you see an aircraft that you learned to identify way back as a child and the name is rivetted to the image), yet wasn't recognised by Googoo . . .

He was then selected for an extended mission aboard the Russian Mir space station. Launched by STS-84 and returned by STS-86, Foale spent four months on Mir in 1997. Thus my assumption that he was a cosmonaut.
During his stay, the station was struck by a Progress resupply vessel. Using his physics degree from calculations of how the stars were moving past his fixed-point thumb reference on a window, Foale was able to advise ground control of how to stop the resulting roll.Smartarse

Edited to add:- 'Brit in space' returned:- http://www.myspace.com/britneyspears