Mission to Mars Launches in August

The University of Arizona is set to launch an exploratory probe to Mars to search for signs of life, and to see if organic compounds and water exist near the surface. The Phoenix mission lifts off in August, and the vid clip below details the mission and purpose.

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  1. I had to work this morning at the Golf Course so I figured it would be a perfect time to watch the launch. I verified the launch schedule before I left for work (3 am) and checked my watch at 5:10 am. The morning sky was cloudless and the moon was at my back…perfect! At 5:45 I saw a strange cloud formation in the sky and said “crap”, I missed it.

    The trail was amazing, being lit up by the moon behind me or the city lights (Tampa and Orlando) in front of me. It looked like a huge white wispy ring but later you could better see the trail as the sun came up and changed some of it to an orange glow. The last half hour it was visible it resembled a smoke trail straight from a RoadRunner/Wile E. Coyote cartoon with loop-de-loops, u-turns, and circles.

    Anyway, here’s to another successful space launch.

  2. Thanks Much for the update Aknot, I appreciate it, sorry you had to work another Saturday though!

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