Posted by: mrpeatie | June 12, 2008

The View from Mars

The Phoenix Lander is in full science mode as it continues its mission on Mars. It’s been providing a steady stream of informative updates on its mission via its Twitter profile. There have a been a few hitches thus far (like not being able to get some soil particles to fall into an oven for testing) but the crafty folks at NASA have been able to solve them.

My only gripe is that it takes a while for things to happen. They spent two days just testing how to shake soil in order for it to crumble into a testing oven as opposed to just dumping it in like they originally planned. I can understand the need to be cautious and deliberate with everything, but hurry up, I wanna see tiny alien microbes already!

One of the links the Phoenix Lander provided in its Twitter updates was this awesome shot of the Earth and Moon as seen from Mars, offering a unique perspective on our little blue planet. Pretty darn cool if you ask me.

This is an image of Earth and the moon, acquired on October 3, 2007, by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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