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Entry, Descent, and Landing events...refresh this often...

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

25-05-2008 20:02 CDT


Hi all, sorry this isn't real-time, but I was writing things down as they happened even though the website was down, here it is...

Spacecraft indicates pressurization...

Mars Odyssey is in proper configuration for EDL comm. Comm officer says, "That's good news, thank you very much."

Star tracker is powered off, and we are beginning our acceleratio

Stations are preparing to bid farewell to cruise stage, which will happen in about 8 minutes

On Mars, if you believe in simultaneity, Phoenix has already landed...

MRO has loaded their EDL sequence, and data flow is expected to start soon...

It's very quiet in the press room now...

Data is now coming down through Odyssey...

Loss of signal on X-band downli

Confirm cruise stage separation & acquisition of UHF signal!

They now have direct-to-Earth signal...

The heads-up-display movie has started on my computer, so we're in the atmosphere...

Oops, but the comm just said standing by for atmospheric entry in 1:35

Expected peak heating in 1 minute...

We still have signal from Odyssey, 1 minute after entry

This wasn't supposed to happen, it was supposed to be lost because of plasma heating, so this is extra good news

Parachute deploy!

Radar is seeing the ground

6000 meters

Standby for lander separatio

Separation detected

80 meters
0 meters
6 meters
tanding by for touchdow
ouchdown detected!

Phoenix has landed, Phoenix has landed, welcome to the northern plains of Mars!

They say it's tilted 1/4 of a degree

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