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NASA Mars Phoenix Lander Dead and a Failure November 10, 2008

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So poor little NASA Mars Phoenix lander has sent it’s last Tweet. The space probe no longer has enough power to remain operational.

NASA is branding the mission a success – but it’s really a failure.

“Phoenix not only met the tremendous challenge of landing safely, it accomplished scientific investigations on 149 of its 152 Martian days as a result of dedicated work by a talented team,” said Phoenix Project Manager Barry Goldstein at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif in a statement.

That’s total BS isn’t it?

The probe has only been on the surface of Mars since May and now it doesn’t have enough power? That’s nuts. Couldn’t they have put a power efficient mechanism that could last for a while? What a collossal waste of US taxpayer dollars.

Voyager is more than 30 years old and it still is operational sending back signals from beyond the Solar system. Don’t tell me the Mars Phoenix didn’t cost more.

There is water on Mars July 31, 2008

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No suprise is it really?

There is water on Mars.

There is also sand, rocks, carbon and oxygen in case you were wondering.

“We have water,” said William Boynton of the University of Arizona, lead scientist for the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer, or TEGA. “We’ve seen evidence for this water ice before in observations by the Mars Odyssey orbiter and in disappearing chunks observed by Phoenix last month, but this is the first time Martian water has been touched and tasted.”

Martian Avalanches March 4, 2008

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Science Fact is often waaaaaay cooler than Science Fiction. Case in point are some new pics from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of Mars.

An avalanche on Earth (so long as no people are stuck nearby) is cool. On Mars? Multiply that by a factor of ooooh a million or so since the scale of the avalanche is literally astronomical.

“It really surprised me,” says planetary scientist Ingrid Daubar Spitale of the University of Arizona in a statement. “It’s great to see something so dynamic on Mars. A lot of what we see there hasn’t changed for millions of years.”

NASA has also posted a whole whack of wickedly cool picks from Mars – including one of the spaceship looking back on Earth.