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Dr. Mabuse
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Posted - 05/27/2008 :  11:48:54  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Phoenix mission...

Last time around, the lander was lost.

This time, I stayed up in the middle of the night to follow the landing via NASA TV.

When someone at mission control were calling out altitude, "eighteen hundred meters" then a second later "seventeen hundred meters" I got a chill thinking It's descending awfully fast...

But the deceleration continued, and as new altitudes were called out, it was aparent that the landing-thrusters were working. I looked out through my window at a nearby several story house to get a feel for distance, and imagined the lander at the appropriate height in order to judge its landing speed.
It really was a soft landing!
And what a roar of cheers coming from Mission Control. 1/4 degree axial tilt, and almost perfectly east-west alignment. The Mission Director said in the interview that followed that the landing went better than he had ever dreamt of.


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Dude
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Posted - 05/27/2008 :  12:06:04   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yeah, that was good stuff.

Of course, the telemetry they were getting from the lander was about 15 minutes old. No way to do anything but look at it and hope you programmed everything right beforehand!

Always amazing.

The first images back from this lander are very interesting also. Will definitely be following this one.


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BigPapaSmurf
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Posted - 05/27/2008 :  12:09:41   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So you're saying the Mohave crane worked well?

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Dude
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Posted - 05/27/2008 :  14:18:46   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yep!


Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
-- Thomas Jefferson

"god :: the last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument." - G. Carlin

Hope, n.
The handmaiden of desperation; the opiate of despair; the illegible signpost on the road to perdition. ~~ da filth
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