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Mars Phoenix: Pay your respects October 31, 2008

Posted by Sarah in science.
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NASA’s Mars lander, Mars Phoenix, is struggling for power as the Martian winter sets in at its polar landing site. On its hugely popular Twitter feed, Phoenix has been keeping us updated on its fight to stay alive for another day. I have to confess I felt strangely emotional (and then foolish!) when the little lander said goodbye….

And it seems like I’m not the only one who’s formed an attachment to Phoenix! Over at Wired, writers started a contest to write epitaphs for the robot. So join in here and submit your entry!

Surprisingly (to me at least), many people seem to associate Phoenix with being female. What’s the psychology behind that?! Scientists are male, but little robots sent to Mars are female? Interesting.

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