Saturday, May 31, 2008

Chinese Garden Artwork - hedges gone troppo!

Chinese Topiary, check it out... is this KITSCH or delightful art?

Is this a seat? A throne for giants?

An Abacus (two abacusses / two abaci / two abacuses?)
...and ancient chinese coins?

Dolphin bushes jumping water fountain
Dolphin bushes jumping water fountain

Mickey Mouse topiary - penjing gone mad
Mickey Mouse topiary - penjing gone mad

plenty more pictures:

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Friday, May 30, 2008

café Les Olivettes -- Liege Luettisch

La Vie en Chantant - I.m alive because I sing

La Vie en Chantant is a storey abouth the Belgium brown café Les Olivettes, where the common folk gets the upportunity to sing and perform, just to feel like a star for a short while.

La vie en chantant is a documentary about the singers of Les Olivettes, the .café-chantant. in Liège, Belgium. You won.t find professional artists performing here, but regular customers. Here they can be stars for a short while and find the recognition they so sorely desire.

On entering the café one early Sunday morning Les Olivettes is already packed. Les Olivettes is an old brown café that has not been renovated since the First World War. The many visitors come here not only for the beer and the wine, but especially for the singing. There is endless singing; opportunities for all kinds of regulars to air the soprano, alto, tenor, baritone or bass voice within them. How they sing! The whole French repertoire is reviewed, especially Brel, Bécaud, Brassens, Montand and Piaf. Some of the singers have even obtained such illustrious nicknames as The girl from Paris, The tiny waist with the great talent, Rudolph Valentino from Liège and The sonorous voice of Clermont sur Bervinne. So also the 83 year old Stéphanie, known as La petite maman des Olivettes. Each Sunday afternoon, her son takes her by car from Seraing to Les Olivettes in Liège where she demonstrates her talent. As a child everyone thought that Stéphanie would have a great future as a singer, but due to the death of her aunt, an opera singer who died on the stage, her father thwarted her singing career. The charming baron Francis also comes to Les Olivettes each Sunday to mingle with the common folk. According to Madame Pipi, Francis is a good acquaintance of the Belgian Royal family. Madame Pipi is the weekend lavatory attendant who mans her post in the cellar and supplies us with the necessary commentary on the singers. The life of the Les Olivette.s managers, the family Roka, is also inextricably tied to that of the café. Denise and Emile Roka met at Les Olivettes and subsequently got engaged and married there. For the singers, as for the Roka.s, the same thing applies: Les Olivettes gives them a reason for living.

Duration: 57'

Director: Patrick Bisschops

Producer: RQB-Group

Winner Special Prix Europe 2006;jsessionid=BBB0C60AA96B8B9EFC35A5EC222E5F14?article=9581&template=program

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Resolved Question

Did Jesus Survive The Crucifiction?

Given that Jesus only spent a few short hours on the cross, and it was not
unknown for people to survive being crucified after spending as much as 5
days on the cross, is it not a possibility that Jesus too survived his
crucifiction experience and went on to live for many more years.

After all Pontious Pilate did not want to crucify him so the Romans may
have been keen to release him after a few hours of torment. He had already
been made to suffer terribly from being scourged.

This would explain in a far more plausible way how he 'rose from the dead'
and there were contemporary reports from objective witnesses that he left
Jerusalem to go and live in the far east.


Best Answer - Chosen by most voters

Jesus diddn't survive the crucifiction, but he did come back to life after
he died.

Source(s): The Bible


elaine30... says:

No Jesus died on that cross of Calvary for your sin,s and mine and don,t
ever forget it,he gave us a way to eternal
life that we didn't have,so give him the credit due.


NO- He died on the Cross, and was buried in a tomb- HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD-
it was a miracle, it was an act of sacrificial love that placed Jesus on
the cross, and victory over death through His resurrection. Why is it so
hard to comprehend that God did this? Maybe because if some people would
believe it that would have to accept the fact they need a Savior. I did,
and I am so thankful I did- I serve a risen Savior!!


"So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the
other who was crucified with Him; but coming to Jesus, when they saw that
He was already dead, they did not break His legs." (John 19:32-33)


From what I've heard recently the story of Christ dying on the cross

and then being ressurected is an untrue version of events. A Christian
person I know who is a friend of a close friend recently told me the
story goes something like this:
We all know the story about how Christ was nailed to the cross, and
no, he couldn't have died of bleeding because there are minimal to no
blood vessels in the middle of the palms to create enough blood loss
to kill a person. Generally after a criminal was crucified to the
cross their legs were broken by the Roman soldiers. Why did the Romans
break the legs of the victims, you ask? Death by crucifixion occurred
through 'exhaustion asphyxia' as it is called - the victim suffocated.
The position of the body on the cross leaves the chest muscles used
for breathing in a permanent inhalation position. So to exhale, the
victim would have to actively push his body up against the nails
holding his feet to the cross. By breaking the victims legs, the only
way he could breathe was by using his arm and shoulder muscles to pull
against the nails in his hands to lift his body. This maneuver was
extremely painful and tiring, so that the victim died relatively
quickly out of exhaustion and eventually suffocating. Also, all the
blood rushes to the upper-body in such a position since the arms are
what support the person being crucified, so that whole experience
draws blood away from other regions of the body as well.

Now, after Jesus was pinned to the cross, the Roman soldiers gambled
below him to decide who would get pieces of his clothing. Eventually
they broke the legs of the other two criminals who were also crucified
along with Jesus, and at the same time an Earthquake was said to
occur. Noticing Jesus was not breathing (though he was, just his
breath was so shallow since he was unconscious that they assumed he
was already dead), the soldiers didn't bother breaking his legs and
got him down from the cross. To make sure he was dead, though, they
stabbed him in the side, he was known to have bled and blood spurted
out of his side (which shouldn't have happened since if he had been
crucified long enough to have died, his blood wouldn't be 'spurting'.
Anyway, he was alive, but the soldiers were too dumb to realise, they
actually bandaged him up and then put him in the cave, where he woke
up (since he was unconscious) later and walked out, in pain obviously,
but alive - and hence we have the 'ressurection' of Christ.

It is also rumoured that he then actually did have children later and
spent his last days on Cyprus or something.


Jesus had a very rich friend, Joseph of Arimathea, who prepared a burial
chamber THAT WAS NOT OCCUPIED. Jews wouldn't want to be buried with a


Jesus' blood flowed; therefore, his heart was still pumping
Add that Jewish law required that the crucified men had to be removed from
the cross before the Jewish Sabbath commenced, dead or alive.

Birth Name James Francis Cameron
Nickname Iron Jim
The Lost Tomb of Jesus (2007) (TV) (executive producer)

Writer: Terminator 3: Redemption (2004)
"Dark Angel" (42 episodes, 2000-2002)
Titanic (1997)
True Lies (1994) (screenplay)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Abyss (1989)
Aliens (1986)

Plot Outline:

The Lost Tomb of Jesus is a documentary which makes a case that the
2,000-year-old "Tomb of the Ten Ossuaries" belonged to the family of Jesus
of Nazareth.

Simcha Jacobovici, the reporter of 'The Naked Archaeologist' fame, has
produced an excellent documentary here.

Mr. Cameron, along with journalist Simcha Jacobovici, say they have
uncovered the burial cave of Jesus and his family — along with enough DNA
evidence to establish, they say, that Jesus wasn't resurrected and that
Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene.

The story starts 27 years ago when Israeli construction workers in the
Jerusalem suburb of Talpiyot unearthed a 2,000-year-old cave holding 10


The Genealogy of the famous family tree (DNA Legacy). The Family Tree of
JESUS the Messiah, 7 BC - AD 73 & MARY MAGDALENE, AD 3 - Genealogy of the
holy family (DNA Legacy); Holy Blood. Holy Grail. Rennes-le-Chateau and
Berenger Sauniere The Cathars and the Great Heresy
The Albigensian Crusade The Siege of Montsegur The Cathar Treasure
Knights Templar Louis VII and the Prieure de Sion The "Cutting of the Elm"
at Gisors
Ormus The Prieure at Orleans The "Head" of the Templars The Grand Masters
of the Templars The Grand Masters and the Underground Stream Rene d'Anjou
Rene and the Theme of Arcadia The Rosicrucian Manifestos The Stuart
Dynasty Charles Nodier and His Circle Debussy and the Rose-Croix Jean
The Two John XXIIIs The Dukes of Guise and Lorraine The Compagnie du
Saint-Sacrement Chateau Barberie Nicolas Fouquet Nicolas Poussin
Rosslyn Chapel and Shugborough Hall The Pope's Secret Letter The Rock of
Sion The Protocols of Sion The Hieron du Val d'Or Alain Poher
The Lost King Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris The Catholic Traditionalists
The Convent of 1981 and Cocteau's Statutes M. Plantard de Saint-Clair The
Prieure de Sion The Long-haired Monarchs The Merovingians
The Bear from Arcadia The Sicambrians Enter Gaul Merovee and His
Descendants Clovis Dagobert II The Usurpation by the Carolingians
The Exclusion of Dagobert II from History Prince Guillem de Gellone, Comte
de azes Prince Ursus The Grail Family The Exiled Tribe
The Bloodline The Legend of the Holy Grail The Story of Wolfram von
Eschenbach The Lost Kings and the Grail Palestine at the Time of Jesus
The istory of the Gospels The Dynasty of Jesus Barabbas he Crucifixion
The ealots The Gnostic Writings The Grail Dynasty Judaism nd the
Merovingians he Principality in Septimania The Seed of David The lleged
Grand Masters of the Prieure de Sion

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Strange Lights before CHINA Richter 8 Earthquake

On May 12, 2008, 30 minutes prior to the Sichuan Earthquake, a cell phone
captured footage of multi-colored clouds in the sky. The footage was
uploaded to Youtube

Multi-colored clouds recorded 30 minutes before Sichuan Earthquake

The precise mechanism, if such a phenomenon exists—as opposed to being
coincidence with aurora or mistaken recall after a traumatic event such as
an earthquake—is unknown. One theory suggests that earthquake lights are a
form of plasma discharge caused by the release of gases from within the
Earth and are electrically charged in the air.

Another possible explanation is local disruption of the Earth's magnetic
field and/or ionosphere in the region of tectonic stress, resulting in the
observed glow effects either from ionospheric radiative recombination at
lower altitudes and greater atmospheric pressure or as aurora. However,
the effect is clearly not pronounced or notably observed at all earthquake
events and is yet to be directly experimentally verified.

Another explanation involves intense electric fields created
piezoelectrically by tectonic movements of rocks containing quartz.

Some similar clouds have been reported during nuclear tests and Radon is
likely to be an earthquake precursor, so another theory is that glowing
clouds might be light emission produced by Nuclear reactions or ionization
and plasma-chemical reactions

An earthquake light is an unusual luminous aerial phenomenon, similar in
appearance to the aurora borealis, that allegedly appears in the sky at or
near areas of tectonic stress, seismic activity or volcanic eruptions.
Scientific evidence for the presence of lights is unreliable, given that
there are few references documenting the phenomenon.


The lights are most evident in the middle period of an earthquake,
although there are reports of lights that occurred after or quite often
before the earthquake, such as before the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. They
usually have shapes similar to those of the auroras with white to bluish
hue, but occasionally they have been reported to have a wider color
spectrum. The luminosity is typically visible for several seconds, but
there have been cases in which they lasted tens of minutes. In the 1930
Idu earthquake, lights were reported up to 70 miles from the epicentre.,
although most lights are not so far away.

There have also been cases in which electromagnetic waves caused by the
earthquake interfered with radio transmissions, such as during the Great
Chilean Earthquake of 1960.

Distinguishing earthquake lights from other transient optical phenomena
can be difficult during the chaos of a tremor. For example, a bluish-white
flashes that are accompanied by loud bangs or hissing during an earthquake
are more likely the result of electrical arcing in power lines or
transformers. However, in some videos, the light can be seen as a long
flash in the night high in the sky.


Records of earthquakes that were accompanied by lights can be found as far
back as 373 BC in ancient Greek writings, that "immense columns of flame"
foretold the earthquake that destroyed the cities of Helike and Boura.
However, even in the early 20th century they were still considered a myth,
despite an investigation of lights seen during the 1930 Idu earthquake by
researchers from Tokyo University, until photographs of actual lights were
taken in Japan in the 1960s.

The night before the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, many people in Tangshan
reported seeing strange lights.

In Peru's earthquake that occurred south of Lima on August 15, 2007,
earthquake lights could be seen across the Lima sky before and during the
earthquake. Several videos were taken.

On May 12, 2008, 30 minutes prior to the Sichuan Earthquake, a cell phone
captured footage of multi-colored clouds in the sky. The footage was
uploaded to Youtube. There is also footage from Meixian, Shaanxi,
approximately 550km northeast of the epicenter, recorded 10 minutes before
the earthquake. However, the footage appears to show a circumhorizontal
arc, which is caused by refraction of the sun's light through ice
particles in a cirrus cloud, similar to a rainbow. Earthquake lights were
also spotted in Tianshui, Gansu, approximately 400 km north-northeast of
the epicenter.

The 2008 Sichuan earthquake (Chinese: 四川大地震), or Great Sichuan
Earthquake which measured at 8.0 Ms and 8.3 Mw according to PRC's China
Seismological Bureau, and 7.9 Mw according to USGS, occurred at
14:28:01.42 CST (06:28:01.42 UTC) on 12 May 2008 in Sichuan province of
China. It was also known as the Wenchuan earthquake (Chinese: 汶川大地震),
after the earthquake's epicenter in Wenchuan County in Sichuan province.
The epicenter was 80 kilometres (50 mi) west-northwest of Chengdu, the
capital of Sichuan, with a depth of 19 kilometres (12 mi). The earthquake
was felt as far away as Beijing (1,500 km away) and Shanghai (1,700 km
away), where office buildings swayed with the tremor. The earthquake was
also felt in nearby countries.

Official figures (as of May 30, 12:00 CST) state that 68,858 are confirmed
dead, including 68,349 in Sichuan province, and 366,586 injured, with
18,618 listed as missing. The earthquake left about 4.8 million people
homeless, though the number could be as high as 11 million. It was the
deadliest and strongest earthquake to hit China since the 1976 Tangshan
earthquake, which killed at least 240,000 people. Approximately 15 million
people lived in the affected area.

The earthquake was followed by two major aftershocks, which led to the
collapse of 420,000 more buildings. On May 25, a major aftershock of 6.0
Mw hit northeast of the original earthquake's epicenter, in Qingchuan
County, causing eight deaths, 927 injuries, and billions of dollars in

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Listen to Phoenix descend

NASA's Phoenix entry, descent and landing on Mars (click for large version)

Listen to Phoenix descend
28 May 2008
With data recorded on board Mars Express, you can hear Phoenix descend on to the surface of the Red Planet. After being processed by the Mars Express Flight Control Team, the sounds of Phoenix descending are audible, loud and clear.

[Image]Listen now

The data from the Mars Express Lander Communication system (MELACOM) that tracked Phoenix was received on Earth soon after the Phoenix landing.

Phoenix signal received by Mars Express
As Mars Express flew over

This animation shows the signal of Phoenix’s descent, recorded by MELACOM.

The spike in the animation, between frequencies of 7 and 8 kiloHertz, shows the transmission from Phoenix itself.

The lander can be seen in the animation starting from about 342 s after the start time and disappears at about 1085 s. This shows Mars Express picking up on the Phoenix signal and tracking it while closing in on the lander; the closest Mars Express got to Phoenix was 1550 km.

As Mars Express flew away, the lander deployed its parachute, separated from it and landed, the signal from the lander was cut off.

The shift of the spike seen in the animation, is due to the so-called Doppler effect, which is very similar to what we hear when listening to the whistle of a passing train.

The signal was tracked successfully, even during the expected transmission blackout window of the descent, until the lander was out of Mars Express’s view. The transmission blackout window is caused because of ionisation around the probe, which builds up as the lander descends through the atmosphere and only very weak signals come through.

The rest of the recording, the start and the end, contains background noise generated by Mars Express itself.

Mars Express artist's impression
Mars Express

Science observations

During the descent, all of the capabilities of Mars Express were focussed on tracking Phoenix with MELACOM. Unfortunately, the science observations carried out during the descent did not lead to the anticipated results.

Over the next few days, Mars Express will monitor Phoenix using MELACOM 15 more times; at least one of these will be used to demonstrate and confirm that the ESA spacecraft can be used as a data relay station for NASA, receiving data from the surface and transmitting test commands to the lander.

Detailed information about the descent and landing will be available once the data from all the fly-overs is processed and analysed over the next few weeks.

Notes for editors:

The processing and interpretation of the data by the Mars Express Flight Control Team is the result of the joint work of the signal processing team of ESA’s Ground Stations Systems division and with the Flight Dynamics team at ESA's European Space Operations Centre.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Der Onkel aus Amerika (The American Uncle), 1953

Der Onkel aus Amerika (The American Uncle), 1953
with Hans Moser, Grete Weiser, Georg Thomalla.

The Hofmann family is broke, their oil-business in a German small-town never turned profitable. For this reason, their bank is broke too. Salvation seems to arrive with the uncle form America, whom everybody thinks to be an oil-millionaire. But he's just a poor worker who's spent his last money on a ticket to Germany to see his family (whom, in turn, he thinks to be oil-millionaire). Enter young banker Smith who revives the economy of the region by just pretenting that the uncle has cash. Anyway.

The film depicts the new properity of the town with a series of shots drilling and building activities, started off with the would-be cash-cow dedicating a new bridge by. The previous scene and the bridge-scene are separated (or joined) by a simple cut. One wonders: where does the bridge come from?

This is how he film covers the non-sequitur: after the cutting of the ribbon, Grete Weiser says to her partner: "Let the other people cross the bridge first. It's been built so quickly, I'd be surprised if it holds." Neat.

Intelligent script about the value of money, 19 February 2007
Author: Barbara Goldstein from Cayman Islands

*** This comment may contain spoilers ***

The meta story of this classic film is the most interesting story of our times, that banks create money out of thin air.

Post world-war Germans naturally assume that a texan is a rich person. This perception alone is the reason for all that follows, including the magic generation of big sums of cash in the end.

The director Carl Boese (his last name translates to EVIL) remakes his own film from before the war. Is this another hint at the importance of the subject? If you are unsure about the monumental implications you could try watching Paul Grignon's 'Money As Debt' as a primer.

The foreground story is well enjoyable, too. Incomparable lead actor Hans Moser is the uncle who returns from 'Amerika' after 40 years in Texas, where he discovers that his 'authentic' experiences in the USA are closer to the German experiences than the German myth about Amerkia allows.

Some great comedy develops as he is forced to represent the myth, for example the scene in 'Onkel Toms Texas Bar' (established in his honour) where he is asked to sing a song during the grand opening. The song ends up being a sentimental song about Germany.

Whenever I see skyscrapers

I wish for a small house

A small house here, nearby

I don't want to reach high

When I look outside the window

Then the familiar people greet

and ask "How are you"

That's what I'd enjoy.

and the refrain:

Over there, everything is double as large,

but here all is double as pretty.

I very much recommend this film. A great educational watch, also for children of all ages. A indispensable addition to your film library, worth watching every year, say, on December 23, to commemorate the passing of the 1913 Federal Reserve Act, where the USA joined the international banking system that is determining nearly all human aspirations today. But that's just the meta-story. The film's overt story is a wonderful, seemingly harmless, Christmas-story-like quaint fairy tale, a great watch.


I'm always intrigued whenever a film director remakes his or her own work. What do they want to do differently this time? 'Der Onkel aus Amerika' ('The Uncle from America'), directed by Carl Boese, is a remake of his 1931 film 'Man Braucht kein Geld'. Each film gives an interesting depiction of Germany (and its relationship with the United States) at their respective moment in time: the 1931 version shows Germany on the brink of Nazism during the throes of Depression which was largely caused by American financiers, whilst the 1953 remake depicts post-war West Germany rising from the ashes (literally) under partitioning and U.S. military supervision.

Both films have nearly identical plots. In the remake, Thomas Hoffmann is a German expatriate who has reportedly made his fortune in America: now he is returning to his hometown for a visit. Schmidt is the head clerk at the local bank, which is on the brink of failure due to wartime problems


Man braucht kein Geld

Spielfilm BRD 1931

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Deutschland 1931. Die Wirtschaftskrise und eine Fehlspekulation treiben den Bankier Binder (Kurt Gerron) fast in den Ruin. Der Bankangestellte Heinz Schmidt (Heinz Rühmann) will wenigstens das Vermögen des Kaufmanns Brandt retten, zumal er bereits ein Auge auf dessen schöne Tochter Käthe (Hedy Kiesler) geworfen hat. Resolut manövriert er dafür Brandts aus den USA angereisten Verwandten Thomas Hoffmann (Hans Moser) in eine abenteuerliche Köpenickiade hinein. Er gibt den ebenso mittellosen wie naiven Besucher als reichen Onkel aus Amerika aus. Im Aufschwung sind alle zufrieden - bis auf Hoffmann, der sich als Schwindler sehr unwohl fühlt. Als die Stadt ihren künftigen Ehrenbürger Hoffmann feiern will, fliegt der Coup auf. Die Honoratioren geraten in Panik, doch Schmidt erklärt ihnen, warum sie an der Fortsetzung des Bluffs selbst interessiert sein sollten. Nun muss er sich nur noch um die nicht minder selbstbewusste Käthe kümmern.
Carl Boeses spritzige Situationskomödie karikiert die damalige Wirtschaftskrise, doch die Anspielungen erhalten angesichts des Börsenbooms der Gegenwart ungeahnt aktuelle Züge. In dem Starensemble ist neben Heinz Rühmann auch Hans Moser zu sehen. Hedy Kiesler wurde zwei Jahre später durch einen Nacktauftritt in dem tschechischen Film "Ekstase" berühmt, emigrierte 1938 nach Hollywood und wurde dort als Hedy Lamarr ein Star.

Man braucht kein Geld

Weniger, Bankangestellter, hilft nach einer Fehlspekulation einem Kunden aus der Klemme, indem er den Anschein erweckt, der - in Wirklichkeit verarmte - Onkel aus Amerika sei Dollarmillionär. Hier geht es nicht nur um menschliche Moral, die angesichts des Geldes vergessen wird, hier geht es auch spitzfindig um Wirtschaftskrise, Finanzmanipulation und Politik. Übrigens ist das einleitende Lied "Üb' immer Treu und Redlichkeit" gleichzeitig auch das ironische Motto des Films. Carl Boeses spritzige Situationskomödie karikiert mit bissigen Dialogen die damalige Wirtschaftskrise, doch die pointierten Anspielungen erhalten angesichts des Börsen-Booms der Gegenwart ungeahnt aktuelle Züge. In dem Star-Ensemble sind, neben dem damals 29-jährigen Heinz Rühmann, Hans Moser und Hedy Kiesler zu sehen, die in Hollywood als Hedy Lamar ein Star wurde.

Rollen und Darsteller:
Käthe Brandt Hedy Kiesler
Herr Schmidt Heinz Rühmann
Thomas Hoffmann Hans Moser
Frau Brandt Ida Wüst
Herr Brandt Hans Junkermann
Bankier Binder Kurt Gerron
und andere
Kamera: Willy Goldberger
Musik Artur Guttmann
Regie: Carl Boese

Alle Sendetermine:
21.12.2007, 13.00 Uhr, Man braucht kein Geld, SWR Fernsehen

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Carl Eduard Hermann Boese wurde am 26.08.1887 in Berlin geboren. Nach einem Studium der Theaterwissenschaft, Kunstgeschichte und Philosophie an den Universitäten Berlin und Leipzig arbeitete er als Verlagslektor, bevor er als Dramaturg an das Stadttheater Leipzig wechselte. Während des Ersten Weltkriegs wurde er als Soldat im Jahr 1916 schwer verwundet. Als bleibenden Schaden trug Boese einen gelähmten Arm davon. Danach arbeitete er zunächst als Journalist und meinungsstarker Filmkritiker. Im Jahr 1917 gelang ihm der Sprung zum Filmregie: Als Drehbuchautor und Dramaturg der Deutschen Kolonial-Film (Deuko) ersetzte er den zuvor abgesprungenen Regisseur Georg Alexander bei dem (von Boese geschriebenen) Projekt "Der Verräter". In den folgenden Jahren avancierte Boese zu einem der kommerziell erfolgreichsten Regisseure des deutschen Filmgeschäfts.

Musikalische Komödie, die das verklärte Amerikabild der BRD in den 1950er- Jahren sowie fragwürdige Geschäftspraktiken im Zeichen des so genannten Wirtschaftswunders aufs Korn nimmt.
Die Story dieses Remakes ist spätestens seit dem Original von 1931 (Regie ebenfalls Carl Boese) bekannt: Durch Hochstapelei und öffentliche Ankündigung eines in Wirklichkeit vermögenslosen Erbonkels einer bankrotten Familien-Ölgesellschaft wird von einem findigen Bankangestellten ein riesiges Geschäft in Gang gesetzt. Das verhilft nicht nur ihm zu einer Braut, sondern lässt eine ganze Kleinstadt in Wohlstand aufblühen.
Ansätze für eine zeitbezogene Satire sind zwar vorhanden, wenn etwa die groteske Zukunftsarchitektur und -technik einer neumodischen Wohnung ihr Eigenleben entwickelt, sie werden jedoch so mit Klamauk zugedeckt, dass allenfalls die Hauptdarsteller reizvoll sind. - Für Hans-Moser-Fans bleibt jedenfalls die Genugtuung, dass er auch im Alter von immerhin 73 Jahren mit den Vertretern der jüngeren Komikergeneration wie Georg Thomalla locker mithalten konnte.

Hans Moser Kollektion (VCD + AVI)

Das Ekel (1939) (VCD).mpg 746.3 MB
Das Ferienkind (1943) (VCD).mpg Video 825.6 MB
Das Gäßchen zum Paradies (1936) (VCD).mpg Video 796.3 MB
Der Herr im Haus (1940) (VCD).mpg Video 824.5 MB
Der Hofrat Geiger (1947) (VCD).mpg Video 923.6 MB
Der Onkel aus Amerika (1953) (VCD).mpg Video 939.8 MB
Die Deutschmeister (1955) (VCD).mpg Video 1 GB
Die Fledermaus (1961) (VCD).mpg Video 1 GB
Die Lindenwirtin vom Donaustrand (1957) (VCD).mpg Video 869.1 MB
Die Zwillinge vom Zillertal (1957) (VCD).mpg Video 861.1 MB
Gräfin Mariza (1958) (VCD).mpg Video 1 GB
Hallo Taxi (1958) (DivX).avi Video 707.9 MB
Herrn Josefs letzte Liebe (1958) (VCD).mpg Video 852.4 MB
Jetzt schlägt's 13 (1950) CD 1 - 2 (VCD).mpg Video 436.1 MB
Jetzt schlägt's 13 (1950) CD 2 - 2 (VCD).mpg Video 436.7 MB
Kaiserball (1956) (VCD).mpg Video 947.5 MB
Lumpazivagabundus (1956) (VCD).mpg Video 945.2 MB
Meine Tante - Deine Tante (1956) (VCD).mpg Video 942.5 MB
Ober, zahlen (1957) (VCD).mpg Video 906.3 MB
Ooh... Diese Ferien (1958) (VCD).mpg Video 825.2 MB
Roter Mohn (1956) (VCD).mpg Video 971.9 MB
Um eine Nasenlänge (1949) (VCD).mpg Video 915.5 MB
Vier Mädels aus der Wachau (1957) (VCD).mpg Video 951.8 MB

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MARS probe Phoenix -- GERMAN voice?

Who was the GERMAN voice announcing the progress of the phoenix landing?
Did it come from Darmstadt?

Not much one can find on the web...


26 May 2008

Today at 00:57 UTC (02:57 CEST), crucial data recorded by ESA's Mars
Express during Phoenix's descent to the Martian surface were successfully
received at the European Space Operations Centre.

The European Space Agency today completed a key step in the Agency's
ongoing support to NASA's Phoenix mission, when signals from Phoenix
recorded by Mars Express were successfully received at ESA's Space
Operations Centre (ESOC), Darmstadt, Germany.

The signals were monitored between 23:21 - 23:47 UTC (01:21 - 01:47 CEST
26 May) during the lander's critical entry, descent and landing (EDL)
phase, and were received by the European spacecraft via the Mars Express
Lander Communications (MELACOM) system.

New friend in the neighbourhood

"Congratulations to our NASA colleagues on a hugely successful landing.
The Mars Express team welcomes a new friend in the neighbourhood," said
Paolo Ferri, Head of the Solar and Planetary Missions Division at ESOC.

Confirmation of ESA's support to the landing came in the early morning of
26 May at 00:52 UTC (02:52 CEST), after a 17-minute download transmitted
from Mars Express via NASA's Deep Space Network; the data will be
downloaded twice again to ensure fidelity.

The data were immediately made available to NASA, and will assist
scientists to analyse Phoenix's entry, descent and landing (EDL)
performance, comparing the actual to the planned trajectory.

In the coming days, Mars Express will monitor Phoenix using MELACOM 15
more times; at least one of these will be used to demonstrate and confirm
that the ESA spacecraft can be used as a data relay station for NASA,
receiving data from the surface and transmitting test commands to the

ESA completed a key step in its ongoing support to NASA's Phoenix mission,
when signals from the Phoenix Mars lander recorded by Mars Express were
successfully received at ESA's Space Operations Centre (ESOC), Darmstadt,
Germany. NASA has just made the first few images available.

The signals from Phoenix were monitored by Mars Express between 01:21 -
01:47 CEST on 26 May during the lander's critical entry, descent and
landing (EDL) phase. They were received by the European spacecraft via the
Mars Express Lander Communications (MELACOM) system.

Image 1. The Surface Stereo Imager Right on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander
acquired this image at 17:15:35 local solar time at the Phoenix site on
the mission's martian day, or Sol, 0

The Phoenix mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf
of NASA. The mission is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
California, USA. The spacecraft was developed by Lockheed Martin Space
Systems, Denver.

Beginning late on 25 May, Mars Express executed a series of pre-programmed
commands specially designed to support the Phoenix EDL.

Mars Express?s Lander Communications Antenna was pointed toward Phoenix's
planned entry trajectory to record the signals transmitted as it plunged
toward the surface.

During this time, two Mars Express instruments, the High Resolution Stereo
Camera (HRSC) and the Ultraviolet and Infrared Atmospheric Spectrometer
(SPICAM), were turned on for observations.

The aim was to visually capture the trail of the lander's trajectory to
the Martian surface, to study the characteristics of the atmosphere during
the lander's descent, and to monitor the lander's performance during EDL.

Additionally, the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer (PFS) on board Mars
Express has been collecting relevant data since 8 May this year. This
includes information on the physical conditions of the Martian atmosphere
(temperature, pressure and density) above the expected the landing site.
This data has been provided to NASA in support of their observations of
the physical conditions in the atmosphere prior to landing.

Image 2. The Surface Stereo Imager Right on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander
acquired this image at 17:11:32 local solar time at the Phoenix site on
the mission's Martian day, or Sol, 0.

The Phoenix mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf
of NASA. The mission is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
California, USA. The spacecraft was developed by Lockheed Martin Space
Systems, Denver.

Beginning late on 25 May, Mars Express executed a series of pre-programmed
commands specially designed to support the Phoenix EDL.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Manned Mission to Mars ...

Manned Mission Possible?

A human mission to visit and land on the planet Mars has long been a subject for science fiction writers and a dream of space exploration advocates. Though various mission proposals have been put forth by multiple space agencies for such a mission, the logistical and financial obstacles are considerable, and many critics contend that such a mission would be a risky waste of resources and money. Regardless, preliminary work for such a mission is being undertaken by NASA and the European Space Agency, with each projecting a possible attempt in the 2030s.

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Mars Base Station

NASA artist's conception of a human mission to Mars (1989 painting by Les Bossinas of NASA Lewis Research Center).

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In the mid to late 1990s NASA developed several conceptual level human Mars exploration architectures. One of the most notable and often quoted was the NASA Design reference mission 3.0 (DRM 3.0). The study was performed by the NASA Mars Exploration Team at the NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in the 1990s. Personnel representing several NASA field centers formulated a “Reference Mission” addressing human exploration of Mars. The plan describes the first human missions to Mars with concept of operations and technologies to be used as a first cut at an architecture. The architecture for the Mars Reference Mission builds on previous work, principally on the work of the Synthesis Group (1991) and Zubrin’s (1991) concepts for the use of propellants derived from the Martian atmosphere. The primary purpose of the Reference Mission was to stimulate further thought and development of alternative approaches, which can improve effectiveness, reduce risks, and reduce cost. Improvements can be made at several levels; for example, in the architectural, mission, and system levels.

Russian Mission Proposals (current)

A number of Mars mission concepts and proposals have been put forth by Russian scientists. Stated dates were for a launch sometime between 2016 and 2020. The Mars probe would carry a crew of four to five cosmonauts, who would spend close to two years in space.

Another proposal for a joint mission with ESA is based on two spacecraft being sent to Mars, one carrying a six-person crew and the other the expedition's supplies. The mission would take about 440 days to complete with three astronauts visiting the surface of the planet for a period of two months. The entire project would cost $20 billion dollars and Russia would contribute 30 per cent of these funds.[25]

A ground-based biomedical experiment called Mars-500 simulating manned flight to Mars is planned to start at the end of 2008 in Russia.


In 2005 the Mars Society Germany proposed a European Mars Mission (EMM) that could be launched using an improved version of the Ariane 5 booster. The split mission approach was adopted to allow launch of payloads launched directly by this booster from Earth to Mars. Cargo elements would be transferred on low energy, longer transit time trajectories, with only the crew element being sent on a high-energy, fast-transit trajectory. The launches needed to support a mission were spread across two launch windows to allow the Mars surface infrastructure to be pre-positioned and checked out prior to committing crews to the mission.

In 2005 the Mars Society Germany proposed a European Mars Mission (EMM) that could be launched using an improved version of the Ariane 5 booster. The split mission approach was adopted to allow launch of payloads launched directly by this booster from Earth to Mars. Cargo elements would be transferred on low energy, longer transit time trajectories, with only the crew element being sent on a high-energy, fast-transit trajectory. The launches needed to support a mission were spread across two launch windows to allow the Mars surface infrastructure to be pre-positioned and checked out prior to committing crews to the mission.

The scenario included a Mars in-situ propellant production plant. The plant would also generate fuel for surface transportation, reactants for fuel cells, and backup consumables (water, oxygen, and gases) for the life support system. Mars orbit capture and later entry into the Mars atmosphere would use a biconic aeroshell. The EMM mission used four element types:

  • Habitat: The quarters used by the crew for the transit to Mars would be identical to the unmanned surface habitat/ laboratory landed robotically on the first cargo mission. The end-result - identical duplicate habitats on the surface - provided redundancy during the longest phase of the mission. The Mars transit/surface habitat would contain the required consumables for the Mars transit and surface duration of approximately 800 days (approximately half a year for transit and 600 days on the surface).

  • MAV (Mars Ascent Vehicle): When the surface mission was completed, the crew would ride the MAV from the Martian surface to Martian orbit for a rendezvous with an orbiting Earth Return Vehicle. The MAV consisted of an ascent propulsion system and the crew ascent capsule, and was delivered to the Mars surface atop a cargo descent stage. The ascent propulsion system was delivered with its propellant tanks empty. The same descent stage would deliver a nuclear power source (or solar cells), a propellant manufacturing plant, and several tanks of hydrogen to be used as feedstock for making the required ascent propellant. The pressurized ascent capsule vehicle could accommodate a crew of three-five, their EVA suits, and the samples gathered during the expedition and from experiments conducted in the surface habitat/laboratory. Once the docking with the ERV was achieved, all crew, equipment, and samples would be transferred to the ERV, and the MAV jettisoned.

  • ERV (Earth Return Vehicle): This would return the crew from Mars orbit to Earth. The ERV was composed of the propulsion stage, the Earth-return transit habitat, and Earth Re-entry Capsule (ERC). The ERV would be delivered to Mars orbit with the propulsion stage fully fuelled, and loiter there for nearly 4 years before being used by the crew returning to Earth. The propulsion system for the ERV was sized for the velocity change needed to insert the Earth return habitat and the Earth Re-entry Capsule from a highly elliptical parking orbit at Mars to a fast-transit half-year return trajectory to Earth.

  • Soyuz spacecraft: The Soyuz TM, launched from Baikonur or Kourou, would be used to shuttle the crew of three (or two launches for a crew of five) to the Transit Habitation prepositioned in low earth orbit.

Mission Sequence would be as follows:

  • Launch 1 sent a fully fuelled ERV directly from earth to an elliptical Mars orbit.

  • Launch 2 delivered a vehicle to the Mars surface consisting of the unfueled MAV-1, a propellant production module, a nuclear power plant (or solar cells to be deployed), liquid hydrogen (to be used as a reactant to produce the ascent vehicle propellant), and approximately 20 metric tons of additional payload. The propellant production facility used the hydrogen carbon dioxide from the Mars atmosphere to produce oxygen and methane that were the propellants for the MAV. This production would be completed within a year -- several months before the first crew's scheduled departure from Earth.

  • Launch 3 was optional, but preferred. It would carry the same payload as Launch 2. The second MAV would serve as a backup for the first crew team, and if unused, as the MAV for the next crew. The second propellant production module, power plant , and liquid hydrogen supplies would similarly provide redundancy in case of failures of any elements.

  • Launch 4 was optional as well, delivering a third lander to the Mars surface, This would be an emergency safe haven, consisting of a surface habitat/laboratory and non-perishable consumables.

  • Launch 5 would send the transfer habitat toward Mars. This consisted of a single large module shaped to allow aerocapture in the Martian atmosphere. If the launcher was man-rated, the habitat would be sent directly toward Mars with the crew. If not, the module would be placed in a low earth parking orbit and Soyuz TM spacecraft would be launched to dock with it and transfer the crew before departure for Mars.

An Ariane 5M heavy lift booster derived from existing Ariane 5 elements would be developed to support the European Mars Mission. This would cost 2 billion Euros to develop, and have a cost per launch of Euro 250-300 million - three times that of the basic Ariane 5. The three-stage booster would have a payload of 41 metric tons to Trans-Mars Injection and consist of the following:

  • Stage 1: Six EAP2 MPS solid boosters, each with 253 metric tons of solid propellant. Each MPS would produce 552 metric tons thrust at lift-off, increasing to 600 metric tons before burnout. After burnout 128 seconds after liftoff, they would separate from the main stage at an altitude of 55 to 70 kilometers, continue on a trajectory peaking at 80 to 140 kilometers, then deploy parachutes and splashdown into the ocean 150 kilometers from the launch site. The motors would be built up from seven steel-cased segments.

  • Stage 2: The EPCL ( Etage de Propulsion Cryogénique Large) main cryogenic core stage (EPCL Etage de Propulsion Cryogénique Large) would be primarily aluminum alloy and contain 633 metric tons of Lox/LH2 cryogenic propellants. Three engines would each deliver 410 metric tons of thrust, and be ignited on the pad in parallel with the solid boosters, and operate for 660 seconds. At shutdown the 10-m-diameter booster would be at an altitude of 130 to 420 kilometers, depending on the mission. The stage would be jettisoned at suborbital velocity, and re-enter into the ocean.

  • Stage 3: The ESCB1 extended cryogenic upper stage would complete the injection of the payload toward Mars (including a stay in an intermediate low earth parking orbit if required). The stage would have 67.5 metric tons of Lox/LH2 propellant and be powered by 3 Vinci restartable cryogenic engines with an extendible exit cone and vacuum specific impulse of 455 seconds.

Total cost for a European Mars Mission on a ten-year development schedule was estimated as Euro 10-15 billion (2 billion for launcher development, 2 billion for launch costs, and 6 to 11 billion for overall mission and spacecraft design, development, deployment and operations.)

Crew Size: 5. Design Life: 1200 days. Mass: 120,000 kg (260,000 lb). Electrical System: Solar Panels or Nuclear.

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Phoenix Lander -- High Resolution Pictures!! WOW!



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Take a look at some of the first images from Phoenix showing the landing site landscape!!

The Surface Stereo Imager Right on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander acquired the individual images that are combined into this view. The view is presented as a CYLINDRICAL projection.
Mosaic Resolution: 4182

mars landscape phoenix lander probe
Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
Date: 2008-05-25
Instrument: Surface Stereo Imager Right
Resolution: 1024

Great Soil..

Wonderful landscape

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Mars Landscape near the North Pole -- constantly sun-lit
The Surface Stereo Imager Right on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander acquired the individual images that are combined into this view. The view is presented as a VERTICAL projection.343.319 [deg] The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development is by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

The Phoenix Mission is led by Principal Investigator Peter H. Smith of The University of Arizona, supported by a science team of CO-Is, with project management at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and development partnership with Lockheed Martin Space Systems. International contributions are provided by the Canadian Space Agency; the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland; the universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus Denmark; the Max Planck Institute, Germany; and the Finnish Meteorological Institute. Additional information on Phoenix is online at here and here. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages Mars Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington.

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MARS LANDSCAPE at North Pole - images JUST IN!!

Barren Landscape - No Aliens in sight!! We ARE ALONE! HELP!
nice potting mix!
mars soil
Mars north pole landscape - Phoenix lander international Mars Mission May 2008
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0154 GMT (9:54 p.m. EDT)

The first photos from Phoenix are streaming back to Earth showing the deployed solar arrays, the lander's feet on the surface, the craft's science instrument deck and the flat terrain of the northern plains.
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YEY!! PHOENIX *HAS* LANDED ON MARS!!! -- everyone happy!!

PHOENIX has landed !!!!

wait for 20 minutes for any dust kicked up by the descent engines to settle out. Then, two solar arrays will be unfolded, which will recharge the landers batteries.

The landing point appears to be 68.22 degrees latitude and 234.3 degrees longitude.

Phoenix' tilt sensor reports it to be sitting on the surface with a tilt of a quarter of a degree!
This is as close to perfection as it could possibly get.

Phoenix on Mars
Mars Lander Update - Touchdown

A signal has been detected from Phoenix indicating that the lander is on the surface of Mars.

An artist's illustration obtained from NASA shows NASA's

The 420-million-dollar spacecraft has landed on Mars's frigid north pole, where it will dig into the icy soil in search of signs of the conditions that would have made the area once habitable for forms of life.

"In my dreams it couldn't have gone as perfectly as it went," project manager Barry Goldstein said. "It went right down the middle."

Among Phoenix's first tasks were to check its power supply and the health of its science instruments, and unfurl its solar panels after the dust settled. Mission managers said there would be a two-hour blackout period as Phoenix conducted the checks while out of view from Earth.

Phoenix's target landing site was 30-mile-wide shallow valley in the high northern latitudes similar in location to Earth's Greenland or northern Alaska. The site was chosen because images from space spied evidence of a reservoir of frozen water close to the surface.

Like a tourist in a foreign country, the lander initially will take in the sights during its first week on the Red Planet. It will talk with ground controllers through three Mars orbiters, which will relay data and images.

Phoenix is equipped with an 8-foot-long arm capable of digging trenches in the soil to get to ice that is believed to be buried inches to a foot deep. Then it will analyze the dirt and ice samples for traces of organic compounds, the chemical building blocks of life.

The lander also will study whether the ice ever melted at some point in Mars' history when the planet had a warmer environment than the current harsh, cold one it currently has.

Scientists do not expect to find water in its liquid form at the Phoenix landing site because it's too frigid. But they say that if raw ingredients of life exist anywhere on the planet, they likely would be preserved in the ice.

Phoenix, however, cannot detect signs of alien life that may exist now or once existed.

Mission managers do not expect Phoenix to survive very long since winter will set in later this year at the landing site with fewer hours of sunlight available each day to power the lander's solar panels.

Phoenix on Mars

Phoenix Lands at Martian Arctic Site
NASA's Phoenix spacecraft landed in the northern polar region of Mars today to begin three months of examining a site chosen for its likelihood of having frozen water within reach of the lander's robotic arm.

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Phoenix spacecraft landed in the northern polar region of Mars today to begin three months of examining a site chosen for its likelihood of having frozen water within reach of the lander's robotic arm.

Radio signals received at 4:53:44 p.m. Pacific Time (7:53:44 p.m. Eastern Time) confirmed the Phoenix Mars Lander had survived its difficult final descent and touchdown 15 minutes earlier. The signals took that long to travel from Mars to Earth at the speed of light.

Mission team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.; Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver; and the University of Arizona, Tucson, cheered confirmation of the landing and eagerly awaited further information from Phoenix later tonight.

Among those in the JPL control room was NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, who noted this was the first successful Mars landing without airbags since Viking 2 in 1976.

"For the first time in 32 years, and only the third time in history, a JPL team has carried out a soft landing on Mars," Griffin said. "I couldn't be happier to be here to witness this incredible achievement."

Phoenix team members celebrate the Phoenix landing on Mars, May 25, 2008. Team members celebrate Phoenix landing on Mars.
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During its 422-million-mile flight from Earth to Mars after launching on Aug. 4, 2007, Phoenix relied on electricity from solar panels during the spacecraft's cruise stage. The cruise stage was jettisoned seven minutes before the lander, encased in a protective shell, entered the Martian atmosphere. Batteries provide electricity until the lander's own pair of solar arrays spread open.

"We've passed the hardest part and we're breathing again, but we still need to see that Phoenix has opened its solar arrays and begun generating power," said JPL's Barry Goldstein, the Phoenix project manager. If all goes well, engineers will learn the status of the solar arrays between 7 and 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time (10 and 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time) from a Phoenix transmission relayed via NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter.

The team will also be watching for the Sunday night transmission to confirm that masts for the stereo camera and the weather station have swung to their vertical positions.

"What a thrilling landing! But the team is waiting impatiently for the next set of signals that will verify a healthy spacecraft," said Peter Smith of the University of Arizona, principal investigator for the Phoenix mission. "I can hardly contain my enthusiasm. The first landed images of the Martian polar terrain will set the stage for our mission."

Another critical deployment will be the first use of the 7.7-foot-long robotic arm on Phoenix, which will not be attempted for at least two days. Researchers will use the arm during future weeks to get samples of soil and ice into laboratory instruments on the lander deck.

The signal confirming that Phoenix had survived touchdown was relayed via Mars Odyssey and received on Earth at the Goldstone, Calif., antenna station of NASA's Deep Space Network.

Phoenix uses hardware from a spacecraft built for a 2001 launch that was canceled in response to the loss of a similar Mars spacecraft during a 1999 landing attempt. Researchers who proposed the Phoenix mission in 2002 saw the unused spacecraft as a resource for pursuing a new science opportunity. Earlier in 2002, Mars Odyssey discovered that plentiful water ice lies just beneath the surface throughout much of high-latitude Mars. NASA chose the Phoenix proposal over 24 other proposals to become the first endeavor in the Mars Scout program of competitively selected missions.

The Phoenix mission is led by Smith at the University of Arizona with project management at JPL and development partnership at Lockheed Martin, Denver. International contributions come from the Canadian Space Agency; the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland; the universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark; Max Planck Institute, Germany; and the Finnish Meteorological Institute. For more about Phoenix, visit .

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