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Sol 150+, Time marches on...
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post Nov 3 2008, 11:53 AM
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I don't see any pictures past Sol 151...anyone know if Phoenix is alive ?
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post Nov 3 2008, 12:22 PM
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QUOTE (MahFL @ Nov 3 2008, 12:53 PM) *
I don't see any pictures past Sol 151...anyone know if Phoenix is alive ?

I hope that it will be like in the case of death Twain and you will soon receive a message from Phoenix "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated"


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post Nov 3 2008, 02:59 PM
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QUOTE (peter59 @ Nov 3 2008, 01:22 PM) *
I hope that it will be like in the case of death Twaina and you will soon receive a message from Phoenix "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated"


After the low power fault, they decided to let it spend a few sols recharging before doing anything new.


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post Nov 3 2008, 03:37 PM
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Better news from NASA Phoenix Twitter:

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I'm resting a lot but still communicating with orbiters once per day. Still hoping to get a bit of strength back & maybe do more science.
15 minutes ago from web

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post Nov 3 2008, 03:42 PM
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QUOTE (1101001 @ Nov 3 2008, 04:37 PM) *
Better news from NASA Phoenix Twitter:


Great....hang in there !
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post Nov 3 2008, 03:43 PM
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post Nov 3 2008, 10:08 PM
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Not to be a pessimist now that Phoenix is not doing quite well - just thinking of further discoveries that can be done with Phoenix, I wonder how will the EDL hardware look in the spring in hirise images. I guess it will be a reference in the search for MPL.
And just out of curiosity, in the very (very) unlikely case of Phoenix actually surviving the winter, will there be a new mission extension?

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post Nov 4 2008, 01:24 PM
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there is limited communication and team will try for more science. any day could be the last

here is the latest UA update from 3 Nov 08. http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/11_03_pr.php

NASA Hearing Daily From Weak Phoenix Mars Lander
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post Nov 4 2008, 02:06 PM
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That sounds very very bad. But it's been a great mission to watch, and I eagerly await the science to follow after the data is analyzed fully. sad.gif

It also sounds like the batteries were not able to be fully charged. Did the commands to turn off the heaters ever work ?
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post Nov 4 2008, 02:44 PM
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There is still plenty to be done with the images we have. Step-by-step movies of scraping in Snow White, or compiling all feature names from the TAMU descriptions on one mosaic, for instance. The mission's not over yet!

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post Nov 4 2008, 03:28 PM
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Seems the sun is now 10 degrees below the horizon at night now.

http://www.public.asu.edu/~sbporter/MarsSundial2.1.html



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post Nov 5 2008, 05:41 PM
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I wonder if they have any new pictures from Phoenix......if someone from the team is reading can we see it please ?
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post Nov 5 2008, 05:44 PM
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They don't. As of yesterday they had still not commanded Phoenix out of Lazarus mode, in which it is only trying to communicate, not do anything else. We'll have to wait until they can get the terminal science mode sequence uplinked. Even then, we may not get pictures -- pictures require more power than pressure, temperature, and TECP measurements, so those will be done and telemetered first before Phoenix tries to take any pictures with any remaining power.

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post Nov 5 2008, 06:11 PM
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Any idea what the terminal science mode sequence consists of ? wink.gif
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post Nov 5 2008, 06:25 PM
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QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Nov 5 2008, 06:44 PM) *
They don't. As of yesterday they had still not commanded Phoenix out of Lazarus mode, in which it is only trying to communicate, not do anything else. We'll have to wait until they can get the terminal science mode sequence uplinked. Even then, we may not get pictures -- pictures require more power than pressure, temperature, and TECP measurements, so those will be done and telemetered first before Phoenix tries to take any pictures with any remaining power.

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I presume that Phoenix is transmiting a small packet of engineering data each day?

Does engineering data normally included a temperature reading? If Phoenix is returning temperature readings then do they show that increased dust in the atmosphere has actually raised the temperature?

Can engineering data be mined for other scientific results? For example can the electricity output from the solar panels be used to estimate the atmospheric dust level?
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