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Mars Phoenix Lander … lands!

I was a third-grader at Hamlin, Texas on May 5, 1961, when Alan Shepard flew into outer space. My teacher, Mrs. Juanita Elkins brought a television into the classroom so we could watch it. I am in awe of how far the space program has come since then.

Launched in August 2007, the Phoenix Mars Mission is the first in NASA’s Scout Program. Phoenix is designed to study the history of water and habitability potential in the Martian Arctic’s ice-rich soil.

I can almost understand the “Just for Kids” part of the Mars mission.

Note the American flag in the photo.

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  1. While I saw the position of the flag and “got” your reference to “Just for Kids”, I also understand that in this case making an exception to the rules for flying our national flag seemed to me like the only rational way to procede. Having to make a guess about what degree of gravity and weather is like there that the flag would be exposed to, it seemed like the logical choice to have it be flatly and more securely attached than it would likely be if it had been positioned on some kind of a pole. Then there is the question of would the scientists even know if there was a way to put a pole in the likely frozen ground there at all? Although I tend to agree with your views about the flag and the national anthem, I think the unusual (as in out of this world) place this flag has been placed is the cause for this deviation from the standard protocol. And in my opinion, is understandable and acceptable.

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