This Day In Astro History

August 4

maple leaf2007 - Phoenix (Mars Lander) launched from KSC aboard a Delta rocket. First of NASA's Scout Program. Peter Smith of the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory heads the Phoenix science team will study the history of Martian water and habitability potential. The spacecraft design includes some of the most sophisticated instruments ever sent to Mars; the LIDAR and Meteorological Station were built by The Canadian Space Agency.
Phoenix successfully landed safely in the north polar region on May 25th, 2008. Click Here to View the Landing Celebration Video. Phoenix outlasted it's 3 month mission objective by 2 months. Communication with Phoenix was lost on November 2, 2008.
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It is my conclusion that human evolution and the motions of matter in space are intrinsically linked. The observation and understanding of the complexity of biological history on Earth cannot be complete without the tandem observation and understanding of a dynamic greater cosmos. - SpaceGene