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NASA will try in the Martian Spring to contact Phoenix

NASA missions on Mars have been used to conduct a wide variety of scientific experiments. Much of the scientific scrutiny from NASA and other space agencies centers on Mars.

NASA launched Mars Phoenix lander in August of 2007 and sent it speeding towards Mars. In May of 2008, the Phoenix touched down and began its mission on the red planet. One of the tasks that Phoenix was sent to Mars to accomplish was to find out if water ice was present in the Martian soil.

Phoenix did find evidence that ice was in the Martian soil and after its three-month mission ended, NASA decided to keep Phoenix working. In November of 2008, NASA officially closed the mission Phoenix was conducting when it lost communications with the lander after it lost power and could no longer sustain itself.

NASA had expected Phoenix to lose power during the harsh Martian winter, though it continued to try to get the rover to respond to commands sent from satellites orbiting Mars to no avail. This week NASA reported that controllers have stopped trying to use the pair of probes orbiting Mars to communicate with Phoenix.

NASA says that Phoenix last communicated with the Mars Odyssey orbiter on November 2. Controllers tried on November 29 to raise Phoenix one final time. The advancing Martian winter is depriving the lander of the solar energy it needs to maintain working power levels.

NASA says that there is a remote chance that Phoenix could survive the -150 degree Martian winter and will try in the Martian springtime to re-establish contact with the lander.

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By uhgotnegum on 12/5/2008 2:51:39 PM , Rating: -1
Does NASA know it has to dial "9", first, to get an outside line?

THEN, they can dial "1" + the area code...

...sorry, best I could do

RE: Suggestion
By marvdmartian on 12/5/2008 4:30:53 PM , Rating: 2
That's some crummy VOIP plan they've got, if they can't even call long distance to two states over!! ;)

RE: Suggestion
By uhgotnegum on 12/5/2008 4:59:31 PM , Rating: 2
A "4" for pulling the 'ol "Ebay that thing" comment and I get my comment put in timeout/"negative ratings land" because I pull the 'ol "Dial 9" comment.

Is there any way I can ever show my comment again?! And on a Friday, when I figure everyone is already in a slapstick mood...

at least I got my bonus check today

RE: Suggestion
By Parhel on 12/5/2008 5:35:31 PM , Rating: 2
It's a long story, but after Phoenix slapped the restraining order on NASA things went downhill.

RE: Suggestion
By uhgotnegum on 12/5/2008 5:43:19 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sorry Parhel, you're obviously being hit with stray droplets coming from the spite-spray directed at me.

It's always the innocent ones that suffer the most...if there were some way I could "worth reading" you, I totally would!

Watch out for the stray spite-spray!

RE: Suggestion
By A Mad Pole on 12/8/2008 8:21:39 AM , Rating: 1
And then NASA has to remember to "press 1 for English"

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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