The Phoenix Mars Lander made it and is now taking pictures.

Check out the latest updates at the University of Arizona page for the mission.

I occasionally insist that space telescopes like the Terrestrial Planet Finder (which would have searched for terrestrial planets around other stars and used spectroscopy to search for chemical signs of life) have too much importance to be put at risk by an obsession to explore Mars and the Moon. However, it is pretty cool that we have probes exploring other planets and learning about them and I’m wrong to cast them aside. Exploration and discovery go together, and it is more of a risk to discard one for the sake of the other than to share resources between the two.

Another exciting fact about this project is that it is lead by a public university, the University of Arizona.