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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 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.

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