Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Phoenix falling

HiRISE picture of Phoenix descending on its parachute

Found this through the Bad Astronomy Blog: Best. Image. Ever.

One look at it and I instinctively knew what it was. Almost made me cry. But that's because I'm a geek.

Phoenix descending to the Martian surface underneath its parachute. This incredible shot was taken by the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. You can easily see the ‘chute, the lander (still in its shell) and even the tether lines!


Phil Plait has a moving reflection on the picture. Go read it.

3 comments:

  1. "One look at it and I instinctively knew what it was. Almost made me cry."

    hahahaha!

    Oh well, only a geek would know what a big deal this was. The only other guys I know who would almost cry on this occasion are the scientists and engineers who made all this possible.

    Cheers !

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  2. Just thinking about the distance...whew! Yeah, it's the whole technological achievement and triumph of the human spirit thing.

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  3. I went to the Bad Astronomy site and found an entry dissing Michelle Malkin. She's one of my favorites and his comments on her left a bad taste in my mouth(like a stale Dunkin' Donut?)when I read it.

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