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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-28-2008 08:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tucson Citizen: D.C. touchdown for Mars Lander model
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The Phoenix Mars Lander will set down Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Not the real Lander, traveling 45,463 mph toward a May 25 landing on Mars, but instead a quarter-scale model of the spacecraft that is 29.5 million miles short of completing its 423-million-mile journey that began Aug. 4.

The $420 million University of Arizona-led Phoenix Mars Lander mission will seek evidence of water and the elements of life by analyzing soil and ice samples scooped from the planet's northern arctic region.

The Phoenix display will be at the Rayburn House Office Building foyer, which is southwest of the U.S. Capitol on a site bounded by Independence Avenue, South Capitol Street, First Street, and C Street, S.W. in Washington, D.C.

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The display model is interactive, with a joy stick to manipulate the robotic arm that will - on the actual Lander - scoop samples of Martian soil and ice for analysis.

The Lander model will be set up for public view by about 9 a.m., said Johnny Cruz, director of media relations at UA.

A free public reception will be from noon to 1:30 p.m., he said.


For updates about the real Phoenix lander, see: NASA's Phoenix mission to Mars

Robert Pearlman
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UA News: Model Mars Lander Part of NASA's 50th Anniversary Celebration
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A replica of the Phoenix Mars Lander has landed in the foyer of a U.S. Capitol building.

A quarter-sized model of the lander will be on display in the Rayburn Office Building this week as part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administrationís 50th anniversary. The real Mars lander is just weeks from touching down on the Red planet.

A reception being held Thursday will include remarks from U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., University of Arizona President Robert N. Shelton and representatives of NASA and the Phoenix Mars Mission.

Once the lander has set down on the Martian soil, which is scheduled to happen May 25, NASA will transfer control of the three-month long mission to UA scientists in Tucson. The purpose is to research the history of water and to determine the habitability potential in the planet's arctic's ice-rich soil.

"Throughout this academic year, the UA has prepared for the landing of the Phoenix Mission by telling its story to UA football game fans, K-12 science students, visitors to the Arizona Capitol Museum and at many other venues," said Paul G. Allvin, UA associate vice president for communications.

"Phoenix's landing at the U.S. capital is a capstone event for the UA," Allvin said, "which is the first public university to lead a mission to Mars."


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