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Old 05-29-2008, 01:34 AM
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The Phoenix Mars Mission - 1st Cat on Mars?

The Phoenix lander successfully touched down in the northern polar region of the planet Mars today. Confirmation of the landing reached Earth at 5:53 pm Mountain Time and initial indications are that the lander and its payload are in good shape.
http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/news.php

What many of us did not know is that this craft carried a crewman. Steve, a cat, has a blog ( http://www.stevethecat.com/mars.htm) explaining his fascination with space and his deployment to Mars - his first assignment (after his 16 hour cat nap) was the retraction of the bio-barrier on the robotic arm to free the arm for use. http://www.stevethecat.com/images/mars/steverepair.jpg

YouTube has a video of a simulation of his landing on Mars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RKMU...t.com/mars.htm
(I guess the actual video is too top secret to be released). His reactions to the different phases of the landing maneuvers sound familiar to me (I took 2 cats to the vet today).

Palms--- do not worry. Steve is safe. He will be in touch soon.

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Old 05-29-2008, 08:39 PM
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Re: The Phoenix Mars Mission - 1st Cat on Mars?

lol, cj

since i'm not sure if your post is more about steve or more about the mars landing, i'll post the straight side and let you handle the steve-the-cat side: http://www.nasa.gov/

do check out the NASA site from time to time. they have some spectacular photos!
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Re: The Phoenix Mars Mission - 1st Cat on Mars?

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lol, cj

since i'm not sure if your post is more about steve or more about the mars landing, i'll post the straight side and let you handle the steve-the-cat side: http://www.nasa.gov/

do check out the NASA site from time to time. they have some spectacular photos!
Craig, I am ALL about the actual mars landing (one of our Arizona universities is a major contributor to this mission, and it is their official Phoenix Mars Lander website that links to Steve the cat -- (I don't know if one of the scientists lives with Steve or what.) I just figured our group would be likely to respond to the "cat-side" of the mission news.

http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/news.php
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hehe, fair enough
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Mars soil contains nutrients to support life - news

"...After performing the first wet chemistry experiment ever done on another planet, Phoenix discovered that a sample of Martian dirt contained several soluble minerals, including potassium, magnesium and chloride. Though the data is preliminary, the results are very exciting, scientists said."We basically have found what appears to be the requirements for nutrients to support life," said Phoenix's wet chemistry lab lead, Sam Kounaves of Tufts University. "This is the type of soil you'd probably have in your backyard. You might be able to grow asparagus pretty well, but probably not strawberries..."
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Re: The Phoenix Mars Mission - 1st Cat on Mars?

i think we must be the only fans, CJ. a shame, really. i find it quite exciting. they found water! i look forward to the day we colonize Mars. these baby steps are fascinating on that journey.
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Re: The Phoenix Mars Mission - 1st Cat on Mars?

Craig, I grew up drawing spaceships, and reading stories about going to the moon and the planets -- before NASA or the Russians started actually launching ships into orbit.

I'm with you -- it is exciting, fascinating, and REAL!!!!
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CJ and Craig, I Just wanted y'all to know you are not alone!

I have been a longtime fan of NASA missions and thought I would share an address for Space Imagery On The Web: http://www.ambitweb.com/nasacams/spacepix.shtml
(Links to the best Web sites with photos and movie files from manned spaceflight, satellite missions, computer-generation and Earth-based instrumentation.)

Ambitweb used to be the ultimate premium site for anything NASA.. before NASA complained.. (see here) still some great stuff on his site though!

CJ, I had not heard of "Steve" the cat before your post.. thanks for the info!

I was just thinking about this Polar Mission.. wouldn't it be kewl if, while they were at the Polar Region they made an even more fantastic discovery besides Polar water?
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Craig and CJ - you are not alone by any stretch. I actually worked on a few of the earlier (not the real early though - I'm not that old) Mars missions. It was a heartbreaking day when Mars Observer blew up - my initials are now orbiting the sun on a piece of space junk.
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Re: The Phoenix Mars Mission - 1st Cat on Mars?

lol, OB. nice one

and nice links, thanks

CJ, yup, i remember taking the day off school to watch the various mercury and apollo missions. watching that moon landing on t.v. when it happened was pretty amazing.

wow, lurch! that's cool. what did you do and where?
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