So we're 3 1/2 hours from the landing of Phoenix on Mars. MRO has properly de-saturated it's reaction wheels, turned off several of it's instruments, and is now waiting to turn off one more before beginning final preparations for the landing of Phoenix.
I'm in a separate building from all the hub-bub that is on NASA TV and the other news broadcasts, so we're isolated from that chaos. People here are serious, sober, impatient, and, for the most part, just silently watching the clock. Most of us are surfing the web trying to distract ourselves from that clock, which is ticking inexorably towards the final conclusion of this thing called "EDL".
It's so far away.
From far away, they look the same.
8 hours ago