Probe lands on Mars, NASA says - CNN.com
(CNN) -- The first pictures from NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander, which successfully touched down near Mars' north pole Sunday, showed a pattern of brown polygons as far as the camera could see.
"It's surprisingly close to what we expected and that's what surprises me most," said Peter Smith, the mission's principal investigator. "I expected a bigger surprise."
The landing on the Red Planet's arctic plains -- which ended a 296-day journey -- was right on target, a feat NASA's Ed Weiler compared to landing a hole-in-one with a golf ball from 10,000 miles.
The landing -- dubbed the "seven minutes of terror" -- was a nerve-wracking experience for mission managers, who have witnessed the failure of similar missions.
In mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, they celebrated the lander's much-anticipated entry.
"It was better than we could have imagined," Barry Goldstein, project manager for the Phoenix mission, told CNN
That sentence confuses the fuck out of me. If you could power a spacecraft on confusion these guys would be surfing in Andromeda right now."It's surprisingly close to what we expected and that's what surprises me most," said Peter Smith, the mission's principal investigator. "I expected a bigger surprise."
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I was listening to this on "This week in science". It doesn't have the ability to roam, so the landing spot had to be dead on. They think there is ice under the surface which is what the probe is going to look for by digging a few feet down then analyzing what it finds.
It is really amazing that they were able to land it right where they needed to.
IMO they should land someone on mars and then turn it into a military base and put mad nukes on it so that they could shoot other countries that have beef with us from their.
Because response times from Mars will be oh, so much better than say Utah. Retard.
Ron Paul 2012
No gym for home, work out floor with 30, but is it for 20 like 30 lb when you no lift it to be for men, for 30 lbs instead? or half is 10 for 20 pounds?
wait you dont think my idea is good?
bro that would be a great idea. putting something like that up their. cuz then we can fire on anyone that fucks with the US
yah i guess os. but dont we own the moon?
NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander can be seen parachuting down to Mars, in this image captured by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. This is the first time that a spacecraft has imaged the final descent of another spacecraft onto a planetary body.