Phoenix landing

When we heard on the news a couple of days ago that a Mars mission was scheduled to land today, we said, “Matt is going to know all about that.” He’s interested in space exploration. Sure enough, he had the NASA site on his computer, and I watched the video feed over his shoulder as the lander got closer, the people in mission control were saying “1800 meters .. 1600 meters .. ” and on down. It’s pretty amazing to be in the Maine woods and watch people in Houston or Pasadena, wherever it was, watching a spacecraft so far away that it takes fifteen minutes for the radio signals to get here.

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