JPL Keeps You Entertained All Weekend

The Phoenix spacecraft is due to land on Mars next Sunday. Its mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go… wait, no, that’s not right, is it? It’s “designed to study the history of water and habitability potential in the Martian arctic’s ice-rich soil”.

The mission’s website is here - and if you’re in Tucson, they’re throwing a party at Mission Control for the landing.

Here’s a video from JPL, showing what will happen during the seven-minute descent to Mars. (The 190MB HD version is here.)