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

No one is listening for Phoenix anymore

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

02-12-2008 17:05 CST

Topics:

After Phoenix fell silent on November 2, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that they'd carry on listening for faint transmissions from the spacecraft, using the two NASA orbiters, until the period of Mars conjunction began. Well, conjunction has begun, and JPL announced this morning that "The last attempt to listen for a signal from Phoenix was when [Mars] Odyssey passed overhead at 3:49 p.m. PST Saturday, Nov. 29 (4:26 p.m. local Mars solar time on the 182nd Martian day, or sol, since Phoenix landed)."

So that's really it for Phoenix. If, against all odds, it survives the Martian winter with solar panels intact and able to provide energy to an undamaged computer and telecommunications system, we won't hear from it again at least until October. I don't think that anyone at JPL really believes it'll make it, but they do have plans to listen again late next year, just in case that one-in-a-million possibility comes to pass.

 
See other posts from December 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!