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News Updates - Phoenix Lander + Laser Pointers
Hi all

A couple of quick updates of some recent activity in Astronomy (a larger update will happen in the next week or so when i've got time to edit the articles/reviews that have been submitted).

The Mars Phoenix Lander has safely landed on Mars - an amazing accomplishment after a 9-month journey to the red planet. The Phoenix Lander is not a rover like Spirit and Opportunity - it now stays where it landed (in the northern pole region), using digging tools to sample the martian soil and analyse it for water and carbon-compounds - hopefully revealing potential signs of current or past microbial life.
Here's one of the first images released showing the view across the martian plains. NASA Phoenix image.


In other news, there's been a bit of an update regarding the banning of Green Laser Pointers in NSW. The bill has been introduced to parliament but has not yet been discussed or passed. This thread on IceInSpace has links to the legislation so you can read it yourself.
In another thread on IceInSpace, news from the CWAS (Central West Astronomical Society) indicates that amateur astronomers have been considered - and that paid-up members of astronomical societies will be exempt from the ban.

Interesting updates, but the whole thing is still evolving so be sure to check back regularly and i'll keep you up to date with news here on IceInSpace.

Thanks for reading.
 
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