“If all goes to plan..”

Phoenix landingAs previously mentioned here, shortly before 1am tonight [00.53 BST] Nasa’s Phoenix lander will, hopefully, touch down gently on the surface of Mars. The BBC have the Nasa animation of that hoped-for descent and a diary by one of the scientists working on the mission. Nasa have a Phoenix Landing blog where the first reports on the landing might appear and plenty of other material. As does the University of Arizona’s Phoenix Mission website. Fingers crossed, then. Adds Live coverage from 11pm [BST] on Nasa TV Update Phoenix has landed.
Phoenix landed

And Approximate colour image from Phoenix’s Surface Stereo Imager showing the vast plains of the northern polar region of Mars.