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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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RE: NASA is wrong
By BibleForever on 12/5/2008 11:21:35 PM , Rating: -1
Its true. hundreds die each year of hunger in america while Nasa flies silly little space ships looking for star trek. Nasa makes me ashamed to be an american

RE: NASA is wrong
By Belard on 12/6/2008 9:56:51 AM , Rating: 2
Hmmmm... NASA uses a budget that is very tiny. The fake war started by the fake-so-to-be-gone President has blown $10billion dollars a month, costs over 4,000 American lives (over 20,000 severely wounded) and anywhere from 150,000~500,000 dead in Iraq.

The Space Shuttle is not small. Its far bigger than your truck. Its not looking for Star Trek... you can go to your local WalMart and get Star Trek for $15~60 depending on what you buy. It's a delivery truck for space, for the most part.

And its SPACE technology - things that are developed for space or discovered about things beyond our planet, that has advanced America (or used to)in Science, tech and medical. Check out your WalMart shoes with the Velcro straps - yep, space tech. The computer you're working on? The need for faster and better computers, Yup - Space (and military).

Also, exploration teaches us about our home, where we come from and where we may go. Because in the big scheme of things... our little planet is all we have and we're not going anywhere else, soon. (Give it scale, lets say the Earth was the size of a mouse, our planet still wouldn't be the size of a galaxy.) If you live in the city, drive out of town at night and look up on a clear night. Those little white dots we call "stars" are mostly galaxies. In case you don't know what they look like, here's a crappy picture showing some at various distances in one photographic shot:

Here is a close up view of one:

The time it has taken for our solar system (and earth) to make a revolution, the Dinorsaurs and come and gone and we're brand new.

Are there far more reasons to be ashamed to be an "American", you betcha!

RE: NASA is wrong
By Belard on 12/6/2008 10:08:10 AM , Rating: 2
Okay, found a better picture of some Galaxies from Hubble. Very cool photo. (2400x3000)

There are billions, even hundreds of billions of stars in many Galaxies (That is more stars than Bill Gates worth in pennies) and there are about 100 billion Galaxies.

To Learn more:


RE: NASA is wrong
By nineball9 on 12/6/2008 4:15:42 PM , Rating: 2
Those little white dots we call "stars" are mostly galaxies.

No, only a few objects outside our galaxy are visible to the naked eye and they are all pretty dim. A few of the galaxies of the Local Group such as Andromeda (M31) and the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds in the Southern Hemisphere can be seen with the naked eye. Very dim, the Triangulum Galaxy (M33), also part of the Local Group, is generally considered to be the most distant object visible to the naked eye. Bode's Galaxy (M81) can be seen with binoculars, though some can see it without an aid. Gobular Clusters outside the plane of the Milky Way can be seen though they are part of the galaxy.

There are only about 8,000 stars visible to the naked eye (8,479 according to this site , about 2,500 from at any given spot and time with perfect viewing conditions.)

However, the Hubble Deep Field and the Hubble Ultra Deep Field images are amazing!

RE: NASA is wrong
By jlips6 on 12/6/2008 12:13:47 PM , Rating: 2
Looking for star trek?
No, for that, they fly these silly little ships called "auto-mobiles", these strange devices that utilize a strange scientific abuse of geometry called a "wheel", that then takes them to a place called a video store, whereupon they use the advanced navigation controls known commonly as asking the clerk where they keep the star trek dvd's, and then spend more of their frivolous money, and leave, having succesfully found star trek, utilizing the same wacky vehicle they arrived by.
of course, you wouldn't have much of that stuff under your bridge would you? I'm keeping my goats away from you.

RE: NASA is wrong
By TheSpaniard on 12/7/2008 12:53:20 PM , Rating: 2
OMG I loved the goat reference thank you for reminding me about childhood stories!

RE: NASA is wrong
By FactNotFiction on 12/6/2008 9:03:27 PM , Rating: 4
BibleForever, you stated that it "really bothers" you that NASA exists and that NASA makes you "ashamed" to be an American. Wow, do you really know what you’re saying? I suspect not, but let’s find out:

You’re not proud that it was America that developed the satellite technology that routinely relays pagers, cell phones, dish television signals, as well as vital emergency, medical and nation defense information to Americans at home and abroad? You’re not proud of the American Global Positioning Satellite system that safely guides our civilian and military vehicles, and is used by search and rescue teams to save hundreds of lives each year? Are you not proud that advanced American weather technologies save thousands of lives each year through early warnings of coming hurricanes, floods and tornados?

I guess you don’t ever fly in airplanes? Because if you did, I would think you’d actually be proud of the advanced American technologies on board like wind sheer detection and collision avoidance systems. I suppose you or your family never travel on freeways in the rain? If you did, you might be proud of the simple, but life saving American invention of thin groves in the concrete that makes driving in bad weather much safer for millions of Americans every day.

And what if you or a loved one’s house was on fire, and a firefighter was able to rescue them because of the advanced life saving equipment they use (including specialized clothing, advanced communications, cooling and respiration systems)? Would you ashamed of that? And are you ashamed that American Air and Space based agriculture imaging is allowing our farmers to feed far more people with the same amount of land? How about our microprocessor technology? Are you ashamed of the computer in front of you, or the data compression technology that you’re using right now? (If yes, why are you doing it)?

And are you ashamed that America developed the IR and VL image enhancement technology that helps our police and military to catch the bad guys, while helping doctors around the world to provide early and accurate diagnosis of hundreds of problems? Are you ashamed that these American technologies are saving American lives every day? Have you ever known anyone with a pacemaker? If so, are you ashamed of them (and the technology that is sustaining them)? Are you ashamed each time American developed robotics detonates a device that would have otherwise killed or injured our brave soldiers and law enforcement personnel, (or when the same technology is used in delicate micro surgery to save the lives of ordinary people like your friends and neighbors)?

Let me ask, do you have any smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors in your home? If yes, are you ashamed of them? Do you use – or know anyone who uses – cordless phones, toothbrushes, screwdrivers, drills, hand vacuums or other cordless devices? If so, are you ashamed of them too? Based on your post, you should be ashamed of everything I mentioned.

Why? Because all of the above are not just the result of American science, they are the direct result of NASA science! And all this for less than 8/10th of one penny of every American tax dollar! Maybe you didn’t know all this. If so, may I suggest you’re initial post was a tad bit misinformed. But if you still say you’re ashamed of the above NASA technologies, then you should sell your computer and disconnect those smoke detectors right now. No? Then it would seem you don’t have much faith in your own beliefs.

As Americans, NASA is one of the things we should all be the MOST proud of. It "really bothers" me when people that don't know what they're talking about, talk anyway (and with such strong conviction). It's no wonder we’re currently in such trouble as a nation.

RE: NASA is wrong
By Parhel on 12/7/2008 12:29:59 AM , Rating: 2
That's a mighty long response for someone who:

a) is a troll
b) is almost certainly a fake
c) will probably make about a dozen posts and never be seen again

Well written post, though. I hear many people object to NASA for all sorts of reasons, and I can't wrap my head around it. I'm very skeptical regarding the existence of extraterrestrial life. But, no matter what's out there, we should be investing 10 times as much as we do into NASA. We've become content and lazy, and lost touch with the explorer spirit. If our generation was around 500 years ago, we probably still wouldn't have discovered America.

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs
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