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Mars lander "Phoenix" declared dead

by Slikkster / November 10, 2008 9:14 PM PST
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not rising from the ashes
by punterjoe / November 10, 2008 9:25 PM PST

...maybe rising from the icechips... but don't get your hopes up.
I was incensed to hear a local news station say "after millions of taxpayer dollars and only 5 months of use. NASA's latest mars probe has stopped working."
It just goes to show how easy it is to spin a story to an uninformed audience to get whatever reaction you desire. Still, it has me fuming.

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(NT) Too bad they don't value the astounding discovery of water..
by shawnlin / November 10, 2008 9:55 PM PST
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no prob; great trooper out there...
by shawnlin / November 10, 2008 9:56 PM PST

To Phoenix Lander (who may be listening from another place ;)):

Thanks for being such a great trooper for us and show us that our beloved Earth shares a fundamental bond with other heavenly bodies in the cosmos.

Best,
Shalin

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Irish Wake not a Funeral
by Francis_Burdett / November 11, 2008 5:45 AM PST

from the BBC article:

"This is an Irish wake rather than a funeral," commented Doug McCuistion, director of the Mars exploration programme at Nasa Headquarters in Washington DC.
"We should celebrate what Phoenix and the Phoenix team has done and where it is going to take us in the future. [There were] a lot of lessons learned in this mission for us that will feed forward to future missions. We learned a lot about handling of soils, soil consistency, and how difficult it can be."


So Everyone,


Raise a whisky glass for the Phoenix


"When Martian eyes are smiling Sure it's like a morning spring
In the lilt of Martian laughter, You can hear the angels sing"......

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(NT) Sl
by shawnlin / November 11, 2008 7:25 AM PST
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