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Phoenix - End of Mission
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post Nov 10 2008, 09:32 PM
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RIP Phoenix - you were a great mission. sad.gif

The best is yet to come - the data analysis is really only beginning.
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post Nov 10 2008, 09:38 PM
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It's better to hear this news from friends than from some strange on Television this evening.

Great Mission!
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post Nov 10 2008, 09:39 PM
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Oh how sad. The fall weather is harsh up there.

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post Nov 10 2008, 09:40 PM
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I might as well link this here:

JPL Phoenix Mission News: Mars Phoenix Lander Finishes Successful Work on Red Planet (2008 November 10)

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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has ceased communications after operating for more than five months. As anticipated, seasonal decline in sunshine at the robot's arctic landing site is not providing enough sunlight for the solar arrays to collect the power necessary to charge batteries that operate the lander's instruments.

Mission engineers last received a signal from the lander on Nov. 2. Phoenix, in addition to shorter daylight, has encountered a dustier sky, more clouds and colder temperatures as the northern Mars summer approaches autumn. The mission exceeded its planned operational life of three months to conduct and return science data.

The project team will be listening carefully during the next few weeks to hear if Phoenix revives and phones home. However, engineers now believe that is unlikely because of the worsening weather conditions on Mars. [...]
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post Nov 10 2008, 09:41 PM
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QUOTE (Chmee @ Nov 10 2008, 09:30 PM) *
Anyone have the final / last image that Pheonix took?


Maybe this... cool.gif


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post Nov 10 2008, 09:42 PM
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QUOTE (Stu @ Nov 10 2008, 04:41 PM) *
Maybe this... cool.gif


Pheonix, don't go towards the light!! Come back to us!
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post Nov 10 2008, 09:57 PM
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At a previous news conference, it was stated that a dozen or so AFM images had been taken. Any chance we could see some of those?
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post Nov 10 2008, 09:59 PM
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(Sigh)...well, all good things must come to an end, and Phoenix was a very good thing indeed.

My deepest congratulations to the entire team; superbly done, ladies and gentlemen!


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post Nov 10 2008, 10:00 PM
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QUOTE (marsophile @ Nov 10 2008, 09:57 PM) *
Any chance we could see some of those?


I don't know. Why don't you ask them.

All the data will be on the PDS before too long anyway.
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post Nov 10 2008, 10:04 PM
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Do you know offhand what the PDS delivery date is?

(I know I can look this up -- busy day)


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post Nov 10 2008, 10:10 PM
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From the Archive PLan PDF I've seen - http://pds-geosciences.wustl.edu/missions/...rchive_Plan.pdf

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The actual delivery schedule will exceed these requirements: the Phoenix Project will make at least
two deliveries to the PDS, the first one no later than six months after Sol 30 data are received on
Earth, and the second one no later than six months after Sol 90 data are received on Earth. In the
event of an extended mission, subsequent data releases will occur for every 90 sols; for example,
Sol 180 plus six months, then Sol 270 plus six months, with the final delivery occurring no later
than six months after the last data have been received on Earth.


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~ December 9, 2008 Delivery of data from Sols 1 to 30 to PDS two weeks before first release
~ December 23, 2008 First data release 6 months after sol 30
~ February 8, 2009 Delivery of data from Sols 31 to 90 to PDS two weeks before second release
~ February 22, 2009 Second data release 6 months after sol 90


4 different flavours of AFM data in the plan, including calibrated topographs.
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post Nov 10 2008, 10:13 PM
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This is sad but still I'm happy - this was a great and successful mission that lasted well beyond the nominal 90 day mission. Following the EDL live and then seeing the first images just a few seconds after they were received on Earth was especially memorable.

However: Back in January 2004, who would have thought that at the end of a successful Phoenix mission both of the MERs would still be going strong?
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post Nov 10 2008, 10:15 PM
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I was thinking that too, Bjorn.

Engineering, thy name is JPL!!! smile.gif


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post Nov 10 2008, 10:23 PM
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Great mission - it's been a fantastic ride over the last few months. Thanks to all involved. Goodbye Phoenix.

QUOTE (Chmee @ Nov 10 2008, 09:30 PM) *
Anyone have the final / last image that Pheonix took?


This unremarkable pair are sitting at the bottom of my MMB directory:

http://www.met.tamu.edu/mars/i/SS151ESF909...5_20973L5M1.jpg
http://www.met.tamu.edu/mars/i/SS151ESF909...5_20973R5M1.jpg


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post Nov 10 2008, 10:37 PM
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Fantastic mission. She has been a true friend on Mars. A great engine of dreams…

Now, she can meet her sisters : Viking 1 & 2, Mars Pathfinder…


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