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Lab Time


August 05, 2008 -
Today we started at the SOC on a later schedule, but that didn't stop us from working! We got to work in the MECA labs, figuring out the pH of different concentrations of NaCO3 (Sodium Bicarbonate). We found that the measured pHs of different molarities of NaCO3 were between 11.0 to 12.0, which is what we predicted. We worked with our scientist mentors' graduate and undergraduate students from Tufts University and also watched the NOVA special about the Phoenix lander, which featured the MECA team.

Throughout the day we listened in to the meetings and heard the scientists debate various topics. It was pretty exciting hearing how they individually have their own way of solving certain problems. The attention to detail and precision of the proposed actions really opened our eyes to the hard work each member of this mission does every day.

Following the meetings, we were given the awesome opportunity of going into the engineering area where a real working model of the Phoenix Lander is kept for testing.  It was very impressive to see the large size of the lander and also to see all the different instruments in person, as opposed to images online. It is only the second day of our PSIP journey, but so much has already been gained and learned!

More tomorrow...

Your friendly neighborhood PSIP teams from Medford High School (Medford, MA) and Belmont High School (Belmont, NH)

Students from the MA, Tucson, AZ, and NH teams work in the MECA lab.