PHOENIX MISSION TO MARS
in August 2007, the Phoenix Mars Mission is the first in NASA's
Scout Program. Phoenix is designed to study the
history of water
in the Martian arctic's ice-rich soil.
The Phoenix Mars Mission has a
collaborative approach to space exploration. As the very first of
NASA's Mars Scout class, Phoenix combines legacy and innovation in a
framework of a true partnership: government, academia, and industry.
Scout class missions are led by a scientist, known as a Principal
Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
serves as Phoenix's PI and is responsible for all aspects of the
And don't forget, on board the spacecraft
is a very special DVD, carrying
Visions of Mars
– a collection of 19th and 20th century science fiction stories,
essays, and art inspired by the Red Planet – as well as the names of
more than a quarter million inhabitants of Earth, including anyone
who was a Planetary Society member on February 11, 2007.
We've also partnered with science centers
and planetariums in other areas to hold Phoenix landing events.
Special landing celebrations are happening all over the U.S.
On May 25, 2008, NASA’s Phoenix Mars
Lander will touch down near Mars’ north polar cap. To celebrate
this exciting event we are holding special Phoenix landing parties.
Our main celebration will be
Planetfest '08: New Visions of Mars
held in Pasadena.
(Note) I was lucky enough to have my
name on the DVD sent to Mars. I’ve posted the certificate for you to