Phoenix and Newton

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  1. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    Well, somehow scientists and engineers managed to use all that science that somehow doesn't apply to bicycles and what cyclists "know", and with a nearly perfect landing sequence, they safely put Phoenix on Mars, on target, 171 million miles from Earth.

    Science wins again, while ignorant cyclists are still waiting to get a clue.

    Congrats, Phoenix team.
     
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  2. kdelong

    kdelong Well-Known Member

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    They sent Phoenix to Mars? Is Tuscon next:D ?
     
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    We scheduled our ride with just enough time to make it back to watch the NASA TV coverage of the reentry.

    It's 18:30... picture time!
     
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    Pics are up at the Phoenix Mars Mission homepage.
     
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    Did I just say 'reentry'? (Hangs head).

    Time to return my official Space Cadet card, but it sure was fun to watch the EDL team during the final phase.

    I heard an interview on Saturday morning (Peter Smith?) who was talking about Phoenix using thrusters rather than air bags. He made a joke about air bags not being a dignified way to land. Sure thrusters are way more efficient (you can use the savings for more payload) and air bags may not work for heavier payloads, but I still love the bouncing beach balls.

    Seemed like the team at the UofA were seeing the pictures before the JPL team. I saw a shot of one of the JPL folks on a cell phone while the video link from UofA was showing the folks in Arizona cheering. Made me wonder if the guy at JPL was talking to some one in Arizona.
     
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