Sunday, May 25, 2008

Phoenix on Final

It's just under 4 hours until the Mars Phoenix spacecraft will land near the Mars north pole. It probably looks something like this screen shot from Orbiter, though this view is much closer to Mars, about an hour and ten minutes from the simulated landing (and not for the currently projected landing time - correct date, but it's a few hours off).

I hope to follow the entry on the web tonight and possibly also in Orbiter, depending on when we get back from an early dinner with my daughter. A few days ago Brian Jones posted an upgrade to his Phoenix add-on with some corrections that should allow more accurate EDL simulation. See this post for details (the add-on itself is at, file He will also be streaming his own simulation of the entry and landing in real time at Ustream.

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