If only as a distraction from the turmoil back here on Earth, the news that the Phoenix Mars Lander had made it down to the planets surface in one functioning piece is cause for celebration!
Sadly not equipped to roam as previous lander’s, it will nonetheless conduct experiments and send back valuable information – it might even discover signs of life and rewrite our understanding of the way the universe works.
It might even do what science fiction buffs have hope for years, i.e. provide the basic information that might allow us to send an offshoot of our population to colonise another planet.
Anyone wishing to follow up the remarkable pictures and other information from the project will find as much as they need here at the NASA Phoenix Mars Lander page. Makes good reading. 🙂