Monday, August 6, 2007

Phoenix launched!

The Phoenix mission launched this weekend, and is now zooming towards Mars. It's headed for Mars' northern polar region, to dig into the soil and water ice. It's a big, heavy lander, not a light, air-bag cushioned rover.

It contains duplicate experiments from the crashed Mars Polar Lander and the canceled Mars Surveyor 2001 Lander -- thus the resurrected mission name.

In other space news, don't miss the Perseid meteor shower! It should peak the night of Sunday, Aug. 12, which is a new moon, and thus extra dark! But because the Perseid debris cloud is quite large, any night around the 12 should work -- just get out there after midnight and look up!

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