Thursday, May 22, 2008
"we must capture a live earth creature K-9, and take it back with us to Mars. Isn't that a nice assignment, mmm?" Marvin, the Martian
Nothing captures my imagination and attention more than a mission into or out of space. Well this Sunday is another one of those sit way to close too the TV (computer) moments. The Phoenix Lander will arrive on mars to look for ice and anything else it can get it’s pincers around. The Landing on Mars will be approximately 7:53 p.m. (4:53 p.m. Pacific) on May 25th. If you are intrigued whether something hurtling across space and arriving into Mars’ atmosphere at over 20,000 kilometers will actually land in one piece then you can tune into NASA’s coverage. Just like Superbowl Sunday there will be a preshow stuff however the name for them is so much better, mission briefings. Seriously this is really awesome stuff. If you head to the site you can also see images of the Phoenix Lander that looks like a strangely proportioned Mickey Mouse head plus there is all sorts of video on how this thing is supposed to land. Just like geek is chic nowadays science is sexy and really cool. Give this a try and see what you think. Also consider getting together for a Lander party or heading to a one like this example in Connecticut at the Children’s Museum.