Phoenix rises from the ashes

Phoenix rises from the ashes

Phoenix rises from the ashes

Bad Astronomy
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Aug. 4 2007 9:27 AM

Phoenix rises from the ashes

Phoenix launched! On time, too. An hour later it was in a parking orbit around the Earth, where its health was assessed, and after it checked out the third stage ignited to send the probe on its way to Mars.

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While you're waiting for Phoenix to arrive on Mars on May 25 of next year, check out this way cool video from the Phoenix Mars mission! There's a hi-res version, too (highly recommended).