Phoenix Lifts Off Tonight to Look for Signs of Life on Mars

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    While the Russians are off on a legally meaningless flag planting mission via submarine to the North Pole, America will plant its flag via interplanetary spacecraft on the north pole of Mars. The Phoenix Lander will look for water and signs of life. Liftoff is scheduled for 2:26am PDT, 08.04.07. Phoenix will land on Mars 05.25.08, nine months after launch; a good gestation period for a robot looking for signs of life. Good luck to JPL Los Angeles, NASA, and the University of Arizona Tucson: the organizations involved in managing the mission.

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    Nasa's been taking so many hits, right and left, that it's good to see something important like this getting some press. CNN carried it live this a.m.
     
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    Most NASA projects not directly managed by NASA, and not Shuttle related, have been successful. Especially the missions managed by JPL/CIT. Maybe we should shutdown NASA and give all the space research and flight dollars to JPL/CIT, Cornell, and the University of Arizona. They seem to be more competent than NASA.
     
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    Who knows? We may be fortunate and land near some ice, or as the lander digs with its robotic arm, we might get super lucky and find some some liquid water. There is water ice near the Martian north pole: http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/solarsystem/odyssey_update_020301.html. And everywhere there is water on Earth, there is life. In approximately nine months, on 05.25.08, this will occur:

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