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Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 27th May 2008, 9:05 pm

Phoenix has just become the new addition to the fleet of spacecraft at Mars, which also include Spirit, Opportunity, Mars Odyssey, and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.


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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 31st May 2008, 8:35 pm

Phoenix's landing thrusters appear to have blown away the dirt just under the lander, uncovering what may be ice. This image was taken by the robotic arm on Phoenix.
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 3rd June 2008, 1:54 pm

Looks like Phoenix has started digging. Not too deep, but it's a first for sure.


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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Mezon on 3rd June 2008, 10:07 pm

Sirius_Alpha wrote:Phoenix's landing thrusters appear to have blown away the dirt just under the lander, uncovering what may be ice. This image was taken by the robotic arm on Phoenix.

It appears that NASA has made a discovery before it had a chance to unpack...=P

Perhaps examining a sample of said ice could yeild samples of bacteria(not from our own spacecraft, of course) which would show that mars does have life(it's not exactly little green men, but it would be progress.)

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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 3rd June 2008, 10:45 pm

Mezon wrote:Perhaps examining a sample of said ice could yeild samples of bacteria(not from our own spacecraft, of course) which would show that mars does have life(it's not exactly little green men, but it would be progress.)


Indeed, the people who designed Phoenix included a bio barrier, to keep life off of the arm. I hope it works too, we certainly don't want any detections of life if they're from Earth.

o_O A pretty neat .gif showing Phoenix's activity. First it reached out and tapped the dirt, then got a small scoop of it. The scoop has these white things in it which I believe are either salt or ice.






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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 4th June 2008, 2:59 pm



Phoenix has taken another scoop!

The scientists decided they needed to take another before they were sure on how to do this. "It's like telling somebody how to tie their shoes over the phone". So they did another scoop, and this time, revealed some sort of whiteish substance. The scientists are debating whether this is a salt layer or actual ice.

You can get a bigger image here,

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/238733main_12648-hires.jpg


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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 6th June 2008, 8:05 pm

Phoenix is done with practice digging and is now started on making scientific digs.



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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 7th June 2008, 4:55 pm

It seems that some of the dirt has gotten clogged in Phoenix's oven hole . They're going to try to shake it and get some to go into the oven.

Also, I was wrong. Phoenix doesn't have the capacity to detect life. It's primary purpose is to search for organic chemistry and check the past history of Mars.

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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 14th June 2008, 10:25 pm

Phoenix has a fairly decent trench going on, and it has finally gotten an oven full of dirt.


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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Edasich on 15th June 2008, 5:08 am

Plays with sand? *lol*
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 19th June 2008, 10:28 pm

The stuff truly is ice! It's been observed evaporating.


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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Edasich on 20th June 2008, 3:30 pm

Thus ice exists on Mars. And sublimates quickly too
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 21st June 2008, 8:16 pm

Edasich wrote:Thus ice exists on Mars. And sublimates quickly too

The existence of ice has been known for quite some time. But this is confirmation that the object Phoenix found is indeed ice.
As for quickly, the images were taken four days apart.

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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Edasich on 22nd June 2008, 5:00 am

Here lower gravity and atmosphere pressure play a different role rather that of Earth.
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 27th June 2008, 10:04 pm


It seems the martian soil at the Phoenix landing
site is rather life-friendly. Note that this is
significantly different from actually having life,
of course. Still, this is good news.

NewScientist wrote:If the soil conditions are
relatively mild, "this means that there's a broader
range of organisms that can grow in this soil", says
Kounaves. "There is nothing about it that would
preclude life. In fact it seems very friendly."
Recent studies have suggested that Mars might be too
acidic or too salty to support life. While this
particular beakerful of Martian soil may be just
right, the sample may not be representative of
conditions farther below the surface, team members
said. Digging down deeper could unveil saltier soil
or soil with a different pH.


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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 27th July 2008, 1:52 pm

Phoenix tried to deliver ice to the TEGA instrument, but the ice was stuck to the scoop =S.

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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 9th August 2008, 2:33 pm

Perchlorates were found in the Martian soil.

Also the ice under the lander, called "snow queen" is deteriorating.
There's also a new trench being dug.

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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Edasich on 9th August 2008, 4:35 pm

But it seems this perchlorate has been actually brought from Earth by Phoenix. So I heard...
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Re: Phoenix lands on Mars

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 10th November 2008, 7:04 pm

Phoenix's mission is now over. From what I can tell, the lander has died.

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