Tuesday, December 22, 2009

PBS Special- Phoenix Mars Mission: Ashes to Ice

I watched this documentary titled "Phoenix Mars Mission: Ashes to Ice", a PBS video. This video focuses on preparation of the Mars Phoenix Mission. It was amazing to see all the work and the human side of the mission. I wasn't aware that during the planning there were open houses to help get the public involved. This video focuses mostly on the test and build phase of Phoenix. This mission was the first time that NASA has allowed off site control of a mission such as this. This is because much of the mission once there will be run by scientists at the University of Arizona.

This video was educational, but I didn't find it as entertaining as the some of the NOVA documentaries I've seen on the Rover missions. At times, this video seemed slow and redundant.

The mission was successful and I would have liked to have seen more about the actual mission once on mars. This video does state that it is "to be continued".

I really feel that we are very fortunate to live in a day and age that hobbyist astronomers have access to videos such as this, and information on the internet. We truly are living in the golden age of information. Despite this information we have access to it was surprising to see in the video a member of the press asking if the lander had astronauts on board...

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