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Date: 2008-05-27 00:29
Subject: the little space probe that could
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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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RealThog: real copies!
User: realthog
Date: 2008-05-26 23:40 (UTC)
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Oooh, I hadn't seen that picture! Sensawunda overload indeed -- true fab.
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User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-27 20:43 (UTC)
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Someone - one of the Phoenix team, I think - said last night that a result like this was something akin to getting a hole in one, if the tee was in Washington and the hole was in Sydney.
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User: calcinations
Date: 2008-05-27 22:01 (UTC)
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POssibly I'm still a bit too tired, and also bored, but really, if they can't get a bloody satellite to land in the right time and place on Mars by now, we might as well give up and go home.
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User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-27 22:07 (UTC)
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I think you're still a bit too tired and bored. ;-)
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