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ElkGroveDan
Successful touchdown
climber
Some peanuts left, anybody ?
Nix
thank you Mars for letting this one pass through..
nprev
We need an emoticon for tears of joy...wow, just wow is all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ugordan
QUOTE (ElkGroveDan @ May 26 2008, 01:54 AM) *
Successful touchdown

Absolutely awesome stuff, right by the book!

Did I hear correctly they're saying a quarter of a degree tilt? biggrin.gif
elakdawalla
yes, 1/4 degree
nprev
Gonna go ahead and call that "flat", then..... smile.gif
Stu
Phew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Never doubted it for a second! rolleyes.gif
David S.
That was simply amazing, my first live landing on another planet biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

Those last seconds were scary, it went so fast i thought it was going too fast ! That was beautiful cool.gif

Edit : no peanuts here, but i'm eating a Mars bar to celebrate this ! tongue.gif
Roby72
I suspect the last 100m down were a little longer than in the EDL simulation, isn it ?
nprev
I hear ya...I might have to make an appointment with a proctologist tomorrow... blink.gif
Bjorn Jonsson
259 (!!!) online at UMSF
climber
QUOTE (elakdawalla @ May 26 2008, 02:00 AM) *
yes, 1/4 degree

I hope this is in the South direction biggrin.gif wink.gif
SFJCody
QUOTE (Stu @ May 26 2008, 01:01 AM) *
Phew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Never doubted it for a second! rolleyes.gif



Me too. Did I say 55%? Must have been a typo. I meant 100%. smile.gif
Dominik
273 Visitors now at UMSF smile.gif ... WOW!
Zvezdichko
God, can't believe it! I'm almost in tears!
Bjorn Jonsson
QUOTE (elakdawalla @ May 26 2008, 12:00 AM) *
yes, 1/4 degree

This implies a (probably) very flat landing site. Maybe similar to Doug's rendering?
jamescanvin
Perfectly aligned East-West as well! Perfect!!!

Bed time for me, don't look at the pics till I get back in the morning! smile.gif

James
Decepticon
WOW! Im so happy. Drinking a beer to touchdown!
climber
QUOTE (SFJCody @ May 26 2008, 02:03 AM) *
Me too. Did I say 55%? Must have been a typo. I meant 100%. smile.gif

Rui and I won the poll tongue.gif biggrin.gif
Bjorn Jonsson
QUOTE (jamescanvin @ May 26 2008, 12:05 AM) *
Perfectly aligned East-West as well! Perfect!!!

Bed time for me, don't look at the pics till I get back in the morning! smile.gif

James

Bed time for me too in an hour or two - that is, if I'm able to fall to sleep. Will probably have to wake up in the middle of the night to check for any images wink.gif.
nprev
So glad it's afternoon here...don't think my pulse rate's gonna go down for a few hours yet...man!!!!!!
ustrax
QUOTE (climber @ May 26 2008, 01:06 AM) *
Rui and I won the poll tongue.gif biggrin.gif


Never doubted it although I wiiwiied a lot... biggrin.gif

A Fantastic time to be Alive!!!

Play the EPIC!!!
Bjorn Jonsson
"Solar arrays open" is listed as occurring at 00:06:33 ERT (UTC). Does anyone remember when confirmation that this worked is due?
SpaceListener
Completely flat only landing site but still don't know how are they arounds!!!

Wait for few minutes for a possible transmission of pictures.

The solar panels will deploy a little after the touchdown. This pause allows the dust kicked up during the landing to settle and not collect on the arrays.
pioneer
It landed at a 1/4 degree tilt
climber
Peter is talking about extended mission! Mood is high, very high.
What a thing it was to share this with you all.

Edited : a big thanks to administrators an a thought for Emily having her server down. I hope you enjoyed the landing anyway
Gladstoner
I was reminded of this little gem (in case you haven't seen it yet):

Springtime on Mars
Thu
Wonderful. Congratulations to the Phoenix team for bringing Mars closer to us smile.gif
Tom Tamlyn
Wish they'd give us some comments from Rob Manning.

TTT
Sunspot
Amazing how that tension and anxiety quite literally drains away when you hear "TOUCHDOWN"

ElkGroveDan
Someone remind me now, when can we possibly expect images?
scalbers
QUOTE (Bjorn Jonsson @ May 26 2008, 12:09 AM) *
"Solar arrays open" is listed as occurring at 00:06:33 ERT (UTC). Does anyone remember when confirmation that this worked is due?


My guess would be during the Mars Odyssey relay that begins about 01:43UTC....
TheChemist
What a glorious night !
Shall we get solar panel confirmation any minute now ?
nprev
QUOTE (ElkGroveDan @ May 25 2008, 05:21 PM) *
Someone remind me now, when can we possibly expect images?



Little shy of 90 min from now, Dan.
belleraphon1
I believe it and I am in tears.... happens everytime...

WOW... those last few minutes went like seconds!!!!! to me... could hardly keep up on my checklist....

Can't wait for those first thumbnail pics.... remember MER??? This should be very flat (so few rocks, Doug????? laugh.gif ) but just to see those solar arrays fanned out will be beautiful.....

now for that shot of Jack... CHEERS!!!!!

Craig
Sym05
Post landing poll delayed 10 minutes.
fredk
I second climber's comments - kudos to the UMSF team for letting us share this! The site worked smoothly right through landing. And thanks to dmuller for the great simulation.

Oh yeah, and, according to my formula, Mars currently occupies 180 degrees from the viewpoint of Phoenix! biggrin.gif
Stu
Fantastic evening everyone, just fantastic... and what a BRILLIANT way of experiencing it with everyone here!

No WAY I'm going to bed before seeing those first pictures... laugh.gif

QUOTE (fredk @ May 26 2008, 01:24 AM) *
according to my formula, Mars currently occupies 180 degrees from the viewpoint of Phoenix! biggrin.gif


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SFJCody
QUOTE (Stu @ May 26 2008, 01:25 AM) *
No WAY I'm going to bed before seeing those first pictures... laugh.gif

I wont be able to sleep anyway. Have to see those pics... pancam.gif
climber
QUOTE (Tom Tamlyn @ May 26 2008, 02:21 AM) *
Wish they'd give us some comments from Rob Manning.
TTT

This is an unMANNINGspaceflight
Bjorn Jonsson
QUOTE (nprev @ May 26 2008, 12:23 AM) *
Little shy of 90 min from now, Dan.

Then I'll delay going to sleep until then (I wouldn't be able to fall asleep anyway wink.gif).

The first powered landing on Mars for 32 years. That's a lot of time.
SFJCody
And next time... a completely new system for powered descent... SKYCRANE ph34r.gif
paxdan
except for the RADs on on pathfinder and MER wink.gif
scalbers
Yes - I can attest to the 32 year time span, having been at JPL for the Viking 2 landing...
climber
This give good mood for skycrane.
1- they'll do a lot of studies since this will be THE futur landing system
2- Only the last meters will change as compared to full powered descent
Julius
Congrats to the Phoenix team!Great job guys! rolleyes.gif rolleyes.gif
Bjorn Jonsson
QUOTE (scalbers @ May 26 2008, 12:28 AM) *
Yes - I can attest to the 32 year time span, having been at JPL for the Viking 2 landing...

And I remember following the Viking mission as a child. No live coverage back then, at least not where I live. Now I get to see everything live. How things have changed...
Steve G
I had to switched from Discovery Channel to my computer to watch NASA TV to rid myself of their commentary! A lot more exciting on NASA TV!

I'm still quite emotional. Landing on an alien world does that to the soul.
akuo
Woohoo! Wonderful! Can't believe how happy these moments are.

Has somebody already put the last few minutes on youtube so we can relive those wonderful moments of telemetry-bliss!
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