From Horst Uwe Keller, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research,Co-Investigator, Atmospheres:
"Altogether it could not go any better. An important step towards our goal to land where nobody before has landed is achieved. The door remains open, the next step - the landing - is the ultimate challenge. The tasks become more and more difficult. I am confident we will make it! We had not worked for many years if we were not convinced that we will achieve our goal to learn more about Mars."
from Stuart Atkinson, Astronomy Author and Outreach Educator:
"... and so Phoenix is on her way to Mars. After all these months and years of waiting, she's cast off her lines from the jetty and headed out of the safe harbour of Earth's gravitational field, setting course for the Next New World, Mars. And like generations of ships' crews familiesbefore us - the families of Columbus', Magellan's, Cook's and Shackleton's crews - we, the space enthusiasts, Mars Nuts, engineers and geeks who comprise Phoenix's 'family', watched her leave; not standing shivering and crying on a windswept, salt-scented quayside, but sitting comfortably in our office chairs and at our bedroom and study desks, watching NASA TV's streaming video of the Delta's launch and fiery ascent into the black Florida night sky...
Godspeed Phoenix! See you again in 9 months, when -all being well - you'll land on Mars and discover something... amazing..."
We are on our Way!