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1 HOUR TO MARS!
We are on our way!
We are getting to the pole!
Mars looms as minutes thick by!
Close your eyes and dream...dream of tomorrow!
Phoenix passed Deimos orbit 22 minutes ago...
And our dear Mark Lemmon got a minute to ask all of our spirits eagerly awaiting to hear from Phoenix!
"Hello,It's now mid-afternoon at the landing site. Here at the SOC we're seeing doppler show Mars' gravity strongly pull Phoenix in, so things are getting intense. Thanks for all the support.
Landing in 1h 26 minutes!
1 Hour, 43 minutes from Mars...
Tension builds up, and...NASATV now LIVE!
2 Hours from Mars!
Right Here! Right Now!
NASATV coverage starts at 1030PM UTC. 2 hours, 9 minutes from Mars!
Begin of EDL Phase started 25 minutes ago...check dmuller's Phoenix Mars Landing Real-Time Simulation for more details.
3 hours from Mars!
I am the ressurrection!
Our dear Daniel, working at at Tucson on the microscopy station of MECA, i.e. the Optical Microscope (OM) and the FAMARS instrument at the Phoenix Science Operations Center just e-mailed spacEurope...
"I had a small walk in the Saguaro national park with the family this morning. It made me think to something else for a while, which really was what I needed. Now we are still in our appartment, and we will drive to the SOC in a few minutes. I guess it has been a very long day in Europe ! I really hope that you will be rewarded for your patience ;)
Go Phoenix !"
4 Hours to Mars! (3h 53 minutes!)
As a way of helping me breathing better...nothing like focusing on real life...
How is it possible that the Portuguese public channel, after all written, said, done, wakes me up today saying that Phoenix will be looking for signs of past and present life on Mars?!
How is it possible that Euronews (guys! you have a partnership with ESA!...) makes me rise this morning with the exclusive information that Phoenix took 9-nine!-9 years to reach Mars?!
You guys making things happen...teach them a lesson!
I am extremely hopeful – Barry Goldstein regarding arrival of first images from Mars.
Phoenix's on course!
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will reach Mars this evening with no further adjustments to its flight path. Mission controllers decided early Sunday not to use the last possible time for a trajectory correction maneuver, eight hours before landing."
Last suggestions for a landing arriving spacEurope mailbox...
From Eric Briggs - Atlanta Symphony - Carmina Burana - O Fortuna
From kcat070 - Tangerine Dream - Descent Into Canyonlands
From Pierre Arpin - Avril sur Mars : A french song by Robert Charlebois, a popular artist from Quebec - Only Lyrics
Nicholas Previsich, spacEurope's resident columnist, has something to say...today...:
On a quiet, cool Sunday morning in Los Angeles and Tucson, on a holiday weekend, some special people are waking up--if they could sleep at all--doing their morning routines and preparing to go to work and relieve the previous shift. Almost routine, despite the personal time sacrificed with their loved ones and in the pursuit of their other interests--but today is the day. This is the day they land on Mars.
Imagine the feelings running through them as the day progresses: trembling excitement, anxieties that cannot be ignored, endless mental loops of checking, rechecking, verifying, and asking the dreaded question "What if?" So many years have been spent just to get to this day; so much of themselves is wrapped into this singular event, this ultimate reward for their ultimate efforts. They are talented, but fragile as all we are, and doubtless it is a struggle to contain their emotions. Nevertheless, as professionals and explorers they do, and will shortly bend to their tasks with cold, clinical focus even as their hearts beat abnormally fast.
To face the great unknown evokes perhaps the most complex of human emotional sets. They are not the first to do so; they have august company: all their colleagues before them who have dared to land on Mars, the Apollo crews, Yuri Gagarin, Roald Admunsen, Lewis & Clark, Columbus, and innumerable others throughout history. Each of them woke up one fine morning and prepared to do something extraordinary, something that had never been done, something that would reveal new horizons.
Perhaps there is a concise description for this emotional storm: It is to be truly alive, and human. Ancient instincts borne of evolutionary drives have now transmuted themselves into science and engineering. These special people are reaching out to touch new lands as we've always done, equipped not with fire, flint knives and canoes but their direct descendants: rockets, microprocessors and spacecraft.
Landfall is near; the goal is visible, growing as they approach. They smile and grimace at the same time as, from the viewpoint of their precious cargo, this New World changes from a reddish marble against the blackness to a ball, then an overwhelming presence, then a surface...
The day of the Phoenix has arrived.
The day of will, persistence and resistance to the setbacks we will ever face in our everlasting quest for knowledge, in our journey taking us far beyond Home, in our journey towards a new home.
Who are we fragile humans?
Who are we ambitious humans?
We are the Universe’s pilgrims. A species with Onward has banner.
Who are we?
What pushes us outside the cradle? Taking the adventure as the grail and the knowledge as the spear to help us facing the unknown.
That is what we are, knights of the unknown.
Knights of the unknown seeking for ourselves.
From one pole to the other, from one planet to the other, from one star to the other.
Phoenix will stand as one of our biggest achievements, a step in the ladder.
Phoenix, for all she represents, will stand as our interplanetary Peary & Henson.
Today we will reach the pole.
Tomorrow we will be Martians.
Who are we?
We are witnesses of Evolution.
Of seeding the gold for future generations.
If we could just stand above time and space contemplating the beat of our exploration…
You, me, we, paying, dreaming, building for thousands of years to make of Earth our planet, what is left for our indomitable species? To go Beyond. Beyond Earth and the Solar System. Beyond ourselves.
Go Phoenix! Go!
And claim the pole for us.
We will soon join you.
The boreal vastness of another planet will become, today, our newest outpost.
The day has arrived.
The day Mankind, through its robotic emissary will reach the north pole of Mars.
With Phoenix will be the scientist and the engineer, the farmer and the artist, the elder and the child, the lost and the found, ALL of us.
So many faces and names and conditions and histories and, yet, we are One.
One, onboard a creation of Man, a creation able to dig for answers on a land millions of kms from the home where it was assembled by men and women.
Today, we, sitting in front of our computers linking us to Mars, MUST remember them but also what brought us here, until this day, May 25 2008, we MUST remember those who left Africa, those who populated the Earth, those who gave us origin, those who, ultimately, leaving the trees, taking the soil, gave us wings to fly into another world.
Our nature doesn’t permit us another path. We are set to take the distance.
Onward and Upward!
Phoenix…Show us the future today.
Tonight it is time to wake up!
I have been trying to get away from the tension but that is...obviously...impossible...and blogger isn't collaborating...this will be surely, spacEurope's longest post in this blog's short history.
To keep up the pace read it from top to bottom.
Damn! We are so great! And I feel so tiny and so gigantic at a a same time...
So tiny to be privileged to witness our efforts and so huge to be part of this incredible species named Mankind!
My Phoenix shirt is one...my dreams are on...my soul is on...
5 hours from Mars!
Get ready, get dreaming, set yourself towards the martian plains...
This is Landing Day!!!