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May 26, 2008

Coordinates for Phoenix

Posted: 12:25 PM ET

For those of you who would like to know exactly where the Phoenix Mars Lander is on the surface of Mars, the coordinates are 68 degrees north latitude and 233 degrees east longitude. I dare you to plug this into to the GPS on your dashboard. Wonder what the Garmin Gal will say about that destination? recalcualting...recalculating...recalculating...

Miles O'Brien

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Robinhood   May 26th, 2008 12:35 pm ET

Three whole pictures so far.. gee.... thats expensive...

Gene   May 26th, 2008 12:42 pm ET

Miles, can you find out for us why they report 233 degrees east instead of the more usual 127 degrees west? Thanks!

Michael   May 26th, 2008 12:45 pm ET

That's Yukon Territory. Imagine if we landed a craft there - not a shred of evidence for human life out that far. Neato.

Jason   May 26th, 2008 3:52 pm ET

On other planets and moons, we don't use the west/east distinction in longitude used on Earth. We measure longitude usually in degrees West longitude (from 0 to 360) from a prime meridian (on Mars this is centered on the crater Airy-0), though some scientists use East longitude on Mars.

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