NASA’s media release “NASA’s top science, exploration and discovery stories of 2008,” stated, “NASA landed on Mars, photographed distant worlds, added to the International Space Station, took part in a lunar science mission with India and made major progress toward returning astronauts to the moon as the agency celebrated its 50th birthday in 2008.”
It added, “Here on Earth, NASA researchers recorded the continued decline of Arctic sea ice, won awards for aviation breakthroughs, discovered the cause of storms that brighten the Northern Lights and helped create state-of-the-art swimsuits worn by Olympic gold medalists.”
Beginning on 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), December 15, 2008, NASA will present a video file newsfeed on NASA Television featuring these top stories.
To vote for one of these top ten accomplishments of NASA, go to What do you think?
The ten accomplishments of NASA in 2008, in no particular order, are:
PHOENIX WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL MISSION TO MARS
“NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander ceased communications Nov. 2 after successfully returning unprecedented science data to Earth. Launched Aug. 4, 2007, Phoenix safely touched down on Mars on May 25, 2008.... Phoenix's soft landing on Mars was the first in 32 years and only the third in history.... Preliminary science data shed light on whether the Martian arctic environment ever has been favorable for microbes; ... discovered small concentrations of salts that could be nutrients for life; located calcium carbonate; and detected perchlorate salt…. Phoenix exceeded its planned operational life of three to five months….”
To learn more, go to the Phoenix Mars Lander mission website.
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