Friday, May 30, 2008

Phoenix from Space

The Phoenix lander was photographed from space, by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

more here

Monday, May 26, 2008

First Raw Images From Mars by the Phoenix Lander

Phoenix is the first probe to have successfully landed on the surface of Mars since the Viking landers of 1976.

Its 90-day mission is to analyze the soils and permafrost of Mars' arctic tundra for signs of past or present life.

The lander is equipped with a robotic arm capable of scooping up ice and dirt to look for organic evidence that life once existed there, or even exists now.

These are the first images sent by the lander to JPL

Phoenix Mars Lander Successfully Lands On Mars

After the "seven minutes of terror," NASA received communications that the Mars Phoenix Lander had successfully landed on Mars on May 25. The craft traveled 422 million to Mars in 296 days.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Bizzare Cloud Phenomenon Before the Quake

Bizzare cloud phenomenon were observed about 30 minutes prior to the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan, China. The clouds were luminous and glowing. Could these clouds precursor to earthquakes?*

The video was recorded in Tianshui, Gansu province ~450km northeast of epicenter, by someone using a cell phone.

The earthquake in Sichuan, measured 7.9 on the Richter scale, killed at least 51 thousand (around 30 thousand more are missing).

*Wikipedia has an entry for earthquake light.