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Tuesday words of wisdom January 27, 2009

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I’m having a particularly intense few days with back to back meetings on different projects and my mind is approaching information overload. So I’m having a relaxing mini time-out to catch up on news and emails, down here in snowy Bavaria. I haven’t got much intelligent to say so thought I’d share some words of wisdom from David Attenborough, quoted in today’s Guardian. Enjoy.

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Lights out for Mars Phoenix? September 30, 2008

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As the light is fading at Mars’ Northern pole, Mars Phoenix, the lander that has explored the surface of the planet since May this year (and everyone’s favourite Twitter feed) faces a race against time to gather more science data.

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Nine images taken by the Surface Stereo Imager on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander shows the sun rising on the morning of the lander's 101st Martian day after landing. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Texas A&M University

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Water on Mars August 1, 2008

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If you follow science news, you most likely heard the news that the MarsPhoenix lander found water ice on Mars. Yay! You can read the official press release here, with some links to background about the mission and images.

After some troubles with getting the soil samples into the oven for analysis, it’s great news that not only a sample managed to be successfully collected but water was also found. Being involved in a space mission myself (the Mid-Infrared Instrument MIRI for the James Webb Space Telescope), I’m still amazed that we can get such sophisticated instrument into space – and they work! [On that note, an engineering model for MIRI is being tested in the UK right now, and once the exciting performance testing starts in late August, I’ll hopefully be able to blog updates from the lab.]