Thu, May 03, 2007
Third Probe Set For August Launch
The University of Arizona in Tucson is preparing to launch a
Mars probe in August, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center... and the
craft will have much to prove. Mars missions have held more than
their share of disappointments lately.
The $386 million mission will attempt to drill the surface of
the Martian polar region, looking for signs of water and life.
First, however, it must complete a successful launch... and survive
its 10-month journey to the red planet.
Then, it must land and avoid shutting off its rocket engines 130
feet above the ground, like 1999's Mars Polar Lander did. The
resulting crash destroyed that probe, and halted NASA's 2001 Mars
In the hopes the new probe will be a success, it has been named
Phoenix... after the mythical bird which dies in a fire, but is
reborn from the ashes. But there will be nothing hot about the
existence of this Phoenix.
NASA states the polar ice caps of Mars are so cold they're
actually made of dry ice, or frozen carbon dioxide. Phoenix is
expected to operate for about five months before it succumbs to
temperatures of minus 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Phoenix is scheduled to blast off August 3... six years later
than originally planned.
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