In The Field

Phoenix landing: Stranger in a strange land

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Also in this week’s Nature, we did something unusual: a “”http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080604/full/453712a.html">snapshot feature." Some of our editors were so taken by the photo of Phoenix descending in front of Heimdall crater that they carved out two full pages in our features section, usually reserved for longer, analytical stories.

If there’s ever a time to pilfer the copy of Nature from the departmental common room, then this week is it. Heck, I’d pay money for a nice glossy poster. The folks at Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter should seriously start selling prints of this — maybe they can pay for the cost overruns on Mars Science Laboratory.

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