Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008
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
Radar is seeing the ground
Standby for lander separatio
80 meters0 meters6 meterstanding by for touchdowouchdown 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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