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Emily LakdawallaMay 26, 2008

OMG!! Parachute!!!!

Ohmygod, at the press briefing they are showing a photo of the parachute and lander and you can even see the parachute lines and stripes on the chute taken by HiRISE as Phoenix fell toward the ground. Ohymygod this is totally frikkin' awesome!!! I'm sitting next to Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter project manager Jim Erickson and he couldn't be prouder.

Barry Goldstein said, when this was first proposed, he was very skeptical -- amazing that they pulled this off.

I'll post the photo as soon as I find it online...

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