Wondrous Mars – redux

Via SpaceWeather.com. I thought the previous image was wondrous.. This one, of the Phoenix lander descending to Mars, is even better. And the European Space Agency has an audio recording from Mars Express. Btw “Phoenix is in perfect health.”
Phoenix

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  • Donnacha

    Great pic. And made all the better by some eejit drawing a big willy in the bottom left-hand corner. Nice to know that scientists don’t lose the innocence of childhood…

  • Dewi

    I’m really trying Pete – Is that a big hole? What am i missing?

  • Pete Baker

    Dewi

    Try clicking through to the larger image.

    Or read the explanatory text here.

  • circles

    Pete – any idea how much this jolly jaunt will cost in the end?

  • ZoonPol

    Humankind really is amazing when they decide to be.
    What did one of the scientists say: “Its like driving a golf ball twice round the Earth and getting a hole in one out of it!”.
    Around 1/2 billion dollers.

  • gram

    If they wanted to find a big hole they could have saved money and landed it in Antrim.

  • eranu

    ““Its like driving a golf ball twice round the Earth and getting a hole in one out of it!”.”

    i did that once but no one was watching 🙁

  • Greenflag

    ‘any idea how much this jolly jaunt will cost in the end?

    Around 1/2 billion dollars.

    So about 25% of the daily cost of the Iraqi War now running a 2 billion a day .

    Well worth the money . This is what the USA should be about in the world. And IIRC another Shuttle launch next week 🙂

  • BfB

    Wah, wah bad USA…..Oh, great scientific advances…well…..wah, wah bad USA..

    [Play the ball – edited moderator]

  • circles

    Comparing it to the complete waste of money spent on Iraq doesn’t necessarily make this worth the money Greenflag.
    I can think of a lot better uses for 500 million USD right here on earth. Throw in those 2 billion a day squandered in Iraq and we could actually do something useful down here.

  • gram

    >>Well worth the money . This is what the USA should be about in the world. And IIRC another Shuttle launch next week :)<< I agree. Their objective should be to vitalise rather than vapourize mankind.

  • BfB

    [Play the ball – edited moderator]
    edited moderator, indeed….in the finest eurabic tradition.
    Tsk, tsk.

    Circles and gram

    What has your good countries done for the world lately?

  • The Raven

    ….anyway, back to Mars….cos at the minute there ain’t no other place to go, following this thread….

  • BfB

    Back to Mars, indeed. The Phoenix Mars Mission is a fantastic mutli-national effort that has really focused on finding life on mars….
    Great stuff, that will produce tremendous advances in medicine, science, and who knows…visit the site..
    Mr. Flag..they even have a kids section so even you can keep up:-)…….

  • Different Drummer

    I find this item is part of the sites registering Ulsters fascination with the heavens which is partly because we were once a rural society and because of our own scientific heritage.

    It is always a welcome distraction from the larger and petty horrors of our dying race:

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=KLgGHQ52LgA

  • Jer

    Listened to a interestin bbc world report (cant find link) where one lady really challenged the commerciality of the project and suggested that a manned mission would be the best bang for your buck. turns out she was also going to apply for her astronautship at the next round of interviews or so she claimed. Many people could not see the benefit, one advocate of these missions pointed out that in the 15th century nobody could see the point in sailing the oceans either and look how that turned out.

  • wow, straight sweeet.