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The Phoenix has Landed May 25, 2008

Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
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Good news for NASA, the Phoenix lander has successfully touched down on Mars.

This is quite an accomplishment for NASA since they haven’t been able to do a soft landing on Mars for 32 years. Last time they did it was the Viking landers in 1976.

I know, I know. What about the twin rovers, Spirit and Opportunity which at current reckoning are still going even though they were only supposed to last for 90 days. They used a cushioned balloon system to get the landers on the ground whereas Phoenix used rocket packs to slow the descent to a comfy 5MPH at landing.

One other little fact emerged. The Phoenix program cost $420 Million to design, build and launch. The Mars Rovers cost $820 Million, which is $410 Million per rover. I’d say we got our $820 Million out of the rovers, and I think we’ll get the same out of the Phoenix. In essence, the rovers have proven that there was once free flowing water at or near the surface of Mars. Now Phoenix gets to look for the precursors to life as we know it.

The article was keen to point out that the instruments on Phoenix wouldn’t find alien life. But then who knows what alien life really looks like.

Yes I know that the total cost for just those two programs is $1.23 Billion, but it’s money well spent. Because if there was life on Mars there’s a good possibility that it may have spread from there to here. Mars was once a vibrant planet. What happened to it?

For all we know, we might really be Martians.

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