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SSS 2008-05-26

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This is Scientific American 60-Second Science.I am Steve Mersky, got a minute?

Phoenix1 has landed! Phoenix has landed! Welcome to the northern plains of Mars.” That was the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Richard Kornfeld, Sunday at 7:53pm eastern time, accompanied by elated and relieved mission controllers, scientists and engineers. Because the Phoenix Mars Lander had successfully completed its journey to the northern polar region of the red planet. No bouncing balloon landing this time around either. Phoenix was the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on Mars using thrusters in 32 years.The lander’s robotic arm will deliver samples of soil and ice to the onboard chemical analysis equipment. The job isn’t so much to find signs of life as to determine whether the soil is even habitable. Peter Smith, the principal investigator2 of the science team told NASA TV: “Then we would suggest to the community this is a good place to go and look for life.” Time isn’t on Phoenix’s side, though. Because the brutal3 Martian winter will set in in just three months. And soon after Phoenix will be swallowed by over a meter of frozen carbon dioxide.

Thanks for the minute for Scientific American's 60-Second Science. I am steve mersky.


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1 phoenix 7Njxf     
n.凤凰,长生(不死)鸟;引申为重生
参考例句:
  • The airline rose like a phoenix from the ashes.这家航空公司又起死回生了。
  • The phoenix worship of China is fetish worship not totem adoration.中国凤崇拜是灵物崇拜而非图腾崇拜。
2 investigator zRQzo     
n.研究者,调查者,审查者
参考例句:
  • He was a special investigator for the FBI.他是联邦调查局的特别调查员。
  • The investigator was able to deduce the crime and find the criminal.调查者能够推出犯罪过程并锁定罪犯。
3 brutal bSFyb     
adj.残忍的,野蛮的,不讲理的
参考例句:
  • She has to face the brutal reality.她不得不去面对冷酷的现实。
  • They're brutal people behind their civilised veneer.他们表面上温文有礼,骨子里却是野蛮残忍。
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