Oh, wow. Wow, wow, wow.
And oh yeah, WOW!
That’s the Phoenix lander that just arrived on Mars the other day — in the process of descent, via its parachute; you can even make out the tether lines. It’s things like this that make me think that with everything else going wrong, we’re still doing amazing things and getting things right and moving, ever so slowly, into the future. As Phil Plait writes:
Think on this, and think on it carefully: you are seeing a manmade object falling gracefully and with intent to the surface of an alien world, as seen by another manmade object already circling that world, both of them acting robotically, and both of them hundreds of million of kilometers away.
Never, ever forget: we did this. This is what we can do.