On May 25th of this year, the Mars probe Phoenix will land on the red planet. This interplanetary lab may not rove about the surface like Spirit and Opportunity, but it is loaded with experiments to test the polar region of Mars to see if life ever arose there.
The landing site was chosen to be as boring as possible; they want the thing to land safely, and that means a wide, flat area. The chosen site really is dull, but happily Emily found something interesting to say about it: it sports dust devils. And she has a very cool image to back it up.
I’ll be writing more about Phoenix as landing time approaches. Stay Tuned, but check with Emily’s blog to get details more often. This is her territory more than mine.