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Phoenix - End of Mission
djellison
post Nov 11 2008, 12:29 AM
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Now I know what Buzz meant when he said "Neil - we missed the whole thing"

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James Sorenson
post Nov 11 2008, 12:37 AM
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I dont know if anyone noticed, but phoenix passed on the same day that MGS passed exactly 2 years ago huh.gif .
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post Nov 11 2008, 12:57 AM
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blink.gif ...an odd anniversary indeed, James! Thanks for pointing that out.

Yeah, Doug, forgot you were with Sir Patrick that day live...you still had one of the best seats in the house, though! smile.gif


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post Nov 11 2008, 01:19 AM
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Hi all

Yes it's a sad day but it's been a great mission, from seven minutes of terror (the music still gives me goosebumps) to the last nine days of silence I've kept up with Phoenix on UMSF and elsewhere every day.
Thanks to all here and of course the whole Phoenix team for everything. sad.gif

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post Nov 11 2008, 01:24 AM
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post Nov 11 2008, 02:32 AM
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QUOTE (James Sorenson @ Nov 10 2008, 04:37 PM) *
I dont know if anyone noticed, but phoenix passed on the same day that MGS passed exactly 2 years ago huh.gif .

That would have been amazing. I checked, though, and MGS was last heard from on November 5, 2006. Barry Goldstein first said that Phoenix was last heard from on November 5, but he also said it was last heard from on Sunday, which was November 2. A question from the press made him clarify and he said yes, he meant Sunday, November 2.

Still, the anniversary is awfully close.

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post Nov 11 2008, 05:17 AM
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It's a sad/happy day. It helps a little that we all knew it was coming, and we all knew it was going to happen right around this time.

Many, many amazing memories for me from Phoenix.

Satisfaction that this type of lander finally made it, nearly a decade after MPL really tearing my heart out.

Intense emotions during EDL. I *really* wanted this one to get through.

Fascination at what small-scale polygonal crust looks like from the surface, and in general fascination over what yet another distinct part of Mars looks like.

Pure delight at the OM and AFM images.

Extreme frustration over the inability of TEGA to get an ice sample. When the mission started, we had Jim Garvin on TV stating in awed, hushed tones, "not only do we think we're we going to find water ice, we're going to reach out and taste it! Can you imagine what we can learn from that???" And yet -- not a single taste of the water. Extreme frustration...

All in all, far more wonder than frustration... but t'would have been even more wonderful had we actually managed to taste the ice.

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post Nov 11 2008, 05:25 AM
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It has been a rather short but intense mission indeed. Feels like we've heard "Phoenix ... Phoenix has landed. Welcome to the Northern plains of Mars". Made a lot of friends thanks to Phoenix!


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post Nov 11 2008, 06:30 AM
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Extended mission, and it still seems all too short ... goodbye Phoenix...
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post Nov 11 2008, 07:02 AM
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From the HiRISE blog:

"The last image we took of the lander shows it sitting pretty, just as it has been since May 25th. We’ll take another picture this week, and probably continue to monitor the site after conjunction to study how frost covers the area."

We haven't seen the last of Phoenix. smile.gif


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post Nov 11 2008, 11:36 AM
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QUOTE (dvandorn @ Nov 11 2008, 06:17 AM) *
It's a sad/happy day. It helps a little that we all knew it was coming, and we all knew it was going to happen right around this time.

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Great post other-Doug, I second those emotions.
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post Nov 11 2008, 11:56 AM
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At least it died in the way it was intended to die. It was good while it lasted. Now, let's wait for all the exciting papers that will be coming out.
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post Nov 11 2008, 01:26 PM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Nov 10 2008, 02:21 PM) *
Sad topic to start - but it marks the end of a great mission.



Although today has been a somber day for me as well, it has been a wonderful priviledge to work with the EDL and Science Teams for the past 2-3 years. I have learned a great deal from this experience. Thank you all for this opportunity!

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post Nov 11 2008, 02:47 PM
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R.I.P. Phoenix sad.gif
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post Nov 11 2008, 02:59 PM
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When someone writes a post that ends with "But that's probably not a subject for this forum"....they're usually right.

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