29 May 2008

Achievement

This photo of the Phoenix lander parachuting toward the surface of Mars was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE). The Heimdall Crater in the background is actually twelve miles behind the lander.

Sent by Blurber. Some reactions here:

Think on this, and think on it carefully: you are seeing a man-made object falling gracefully and with intent to the surface of an alien world, as seen by another manmade object already circling that world, both of them acting robotically, and both of them hundreds of millions of kilometers away.

Never, ever forget: we did this. This is what we can do.

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3 Comments:

Blogger FranIAm said...

This is an amazing photo and yes this is an amazing achievement.

29 May, 2008 07:54  
Blogger John Evo said...

Lots of great things possible. If morons don't get in the way.

I was going to give this to you earlier and forgot to email it to you. It relates to science of another area. One you have expressed deep interest in.

30 May, 2008 09:53  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thanks for the link -- looks interesting.

30 May, 2008 16:40  

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