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Phoenix - End of Mission
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post Nov 10 2008, 08:05 PM
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NASA Teleconference Today about Status of Phoenix Mars Lander

WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EST today, Monday, Nov. 10, to discuss the status of the Phoenix Mars Lander. Phoenix has been operating on the Red Planet for more than five months.

Participants will be:
-- Barry Goldstein, Phoenix project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
-- Peter Smith, Phoenix principal investigator at the University of Arizona in Tucson
-- Doug McCuistion, director of the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio.
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post Nov 10 2008, 09:05 PM
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Conference has started...


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post Nov 10 2008, 09:08 PM
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Goodbye friend :'(


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"End of mission" declared... no-one has any expectations of Phoenix being heard from again... sad.gif


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post Nov 10 2008, 09:09 PM
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Barry :

Sol 151 - had a bit of a problem. Executing the last high power science day. Dust storm on that day (out of the blue). Were expecting Tau of .3. Planned for .5 - it went up to 0.8.

For a few sols it kept communicating.

Became harder for the vehicle to wake up as the dust has hung around.

Nov 5th - was the last time they heard from Phoenix.

At this time pretty convinced the vehicle is no longer available to us.

Declaring an end of mission operations at this time.

Going to keep listening with MODY and MRO - but no one has any expectations of that happening.



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post Nov 10 2008, 09:12 PM
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Phoenix was a fun mission. And if we hear from it again, it will be that much more exciting. I look forward to seeing the (as of yet!) complete results.
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post Nov 10 2008, 09:14 PM
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It was the most exciting EDL ever that's for certain.


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post Nov 10 2008, 09:16 PM
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QUOTE (ElkGroveDan @ Nov 10 2008, 10:14 PM) *
It was the most exciting EDL ever that's for certain.

Indeed.

Seems like it was yesterday...


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post Nov 10 2008, 09:17 PM
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(I still have the half-eaten bag of peanuts).


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post Nov 10 2008, 09:20 PM
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Yeah, that was a heck of a night, wasn't it? Thank you everyone on the Phoenix team for a wonderful few months!

Looking forward to the science results. Lots of delights and surprises lurking in that data, I'm sure. smile.gif


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post Nov 10 2008, 09:21 PM
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Sad topic to start - but it marks the end of a great mission.
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post Nov 10 2008, 09:25 PM
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Sad, but inevitable, and everyone involved in the mission should feel very, very proud of what they and their lander achieved during Phoenix's all-too-brief stay on Mars. Thanks to them we saw martian ice glinting in the sunlight, clouds scudding across the sky, dust devils whorling in the distance... so many wonderful memories for us all to look back on in years to come. smile.gif


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post Nov 10 2008, 09:29 PM
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from my phone via twitter

From Phoenix mission ops: Phoenix is no longer communicating with Earth. We'll continue to listen, but it's likely its mission has ended.

(it is now ~4:27pm Eastern US time, Nov 10, 2008)


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post Nov 10 2008, 09:30 PM
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Anyone have the final / last image that Pheonix took?
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post Nov 10 2008, 09:31 PM
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Farewell, Phoenix. We hardly knew ye.


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