Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
Blogs

Headshot of Emily Lakdawalla

Carnivals and Storms

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

23-05-2008 14:01 CDT

Topics:

This week's carnival of space is live at Catholic Sensibility. Go check out the roundup of news and opinions from around the Internet!

It's not quite a carnival atmosphere yet here at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the upcoming Phoenix landing; the press room is murmuring with activity, but no more. Part of the reason, I think, is the utterly depressing weather outside. Having lived in Los Angeles for seven years now, I am entirely unaccustomed to the kind of weather that a Brit would consider normal, and yesterday there was incredulity on the part of everyone in the press room at the natural performance outside: a veritable hailstorm, complete with thunder and lightning and rain and a spattering of quarter-inch (that's half-centimeter) hailstones. Veronica McGregor, the JPL staffer in charge of herding the press for this event, decreed it to be an ice delivery in honor of the impending arrival of Phoenix at Mars' north pole. Today, there's no more hail, but it's still dismal and rainy outside. I hope the weather doesn't interfere with any of the communications planned for Sunday's landing...

What's this wet substance falling from the sky?

Veronica McGregor

What's this wet substance falling from the sky?
In honor of the approaching polar landing of Phoenix, it hailed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory two days before.
Hail at JPL for Phoenix landing

Emily Lakdawalla

Hail at JPL for Phoenix landing
In honor of the approaching polar landing of Phoenix, it hailed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory two days before.

 
See other posts from May 2008

 

Or read more blog entries about:

Comments:

Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.
Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Blog Search

Advocacy

Election 2016

Space rarely makes a strong showing in national elections, despite the major state of transition NASA finds itself in today.

Help us catalog and source statements made by candidates referring to civil space issues.

Learn More

Featured Images

Mercury and Venus from MESSENGER
HiRISE view of Curiosity, sol 1207 (December 29, 2015)
Tiny grains of Martian sand
Fine and coarse fractions of Namib dune sand
More Images

Featured Video

Intro Astronomy 2016. Class 2: How We Explore Space

Watch Now

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join the New Millennium Committee

Let’s invent the future together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!