Friday, November 14, 2008

Interview with Veronica McGregor, the Voice of NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander

Writer and blogger Claire Evans has a neat interview with Veronica McGregor, News Services Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who gave the Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft its Internet voice at Twitter and Gizmodo. McGregor, a mother of two, former CNN NASA correspondent, and graduate of UCLA, composed more than 600 messages on Twitter and grew the number of online followers from about 3,000 on landing day (May 25, 2008) to more than 39,000 earlier this week, when the spacecraft froze to death on the Red Planet.

For another perspective on the Phoenix Mars Mission and the spacecraft's often overlooked Visions of Mars library of science fiction, read "Red Into Blue," a recent editorial comment in The Times of India.

The official epitaph of Phoenix Mars Lander, as determined by a contest hosted by the blog of Wired magazine: "Veni, Vidi, Fodi."

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