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July 24, 2008 -
Today, we woke up at 4:30 a.m. and headed over to the SOC. The Anthem team worked on our PowerPoint, and mapping of HiRISE images. Coffee was our best friend! We realized we needed some additional images, so we met up with Kelly Kolb, a graduate student at the U of A, who is an expert on these images. She gave us more detailed pictures to work from, which made it a lot easier to identify certain features of the Martian surface. Our final analysis provides a preliminary map, on an orbital image of the Phoenix landing site, of which topographic features Phoenix can see from its landing site.

The San Diego team finished our lab experiments with the thermal and electrical conductivity probe (TECP) we attached to our robotic arm. We were testing insertion rate into a soil sample and the effects of different insertion angles. Our test results were almost as expected. The soil we used was the consistency of flour and it had a tendency to be messy.  We used different computer programs to help us plot and graph our data. We hope our test results will provide the scientists with more information about proper insertion of the TECP on the Phoenix robotic arm.

Both teams have to present a powerpoint on what activities they have worked on during their visit. We are a little nervous about our presentations tomorrow but we are all ready to go!!  We hope that all of our hard work shows and it goes smoothly. As we end the day, we are all daydreaming of sleep!

Off to practice our presentations,

Your friendly neighborhood PSIP teams from Boulder Creek High School (Anthem, AZ) and SciTech High School (San Diego, CA)

The students meet up at our PSIP apartments to put the finishing touches on their presentations.