Mars Phoenix: Pay your respects October 31, 2008Posted by Sarah in science.
Tags: mars, nasa, phoenix, wired
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….
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.