NASA's Mars24 Sunclock (Keeping Track of Phoenix)

by Tim O'Brien

The Phoenix Mars landing is tonight (Sunday), you can Watch NASA TV starting at 6:00 PM EST. You can expect live commentary to start around 6:30 PM EST.


If you want to follow along and watch the landing, there is an interesting program called Mars24 Sunclock, which is available from NASA. This Mars24 Java application is bundled as an application for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux. I was able to download and start it without knowing I was dealing with a Java application, and it is a pretty impressive piece of GIS software for the Martian environment.



Here’s a picture of the Phoenix landing site from Mars24:


mars24-map.png


I downloaded it, and unpacked it to see what it uses. Read more…