May 27th, 2008


the little space probe that could

You've all heard about this already, but what the hell, I'm utterly lost in admiration for the team who planned, built, and by god delivered Phoenix to Mars. I mean, the damn thing had travelled 423 million miles and was doing 13,000 miles an hour when it hit the atmosphere. And it not only survived and made a picture-perfect landing, but seems to be working just fine.
Not only that, but the Mars Orbiter even took its picture as it parachuted down.

Okay, it's not a great photo, but who cares? For the very first time, a space probe in orbit around another planet took a photograph of another space probe as it parachuted into the atmosphere. Oh, sensawunda overload...
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