I watched the last half-hour and the final seven minutes of terror as the Mars Lander (Phoenix) approached and continued on into the Martian atmosphere entering at about 12,000 miles/hour, and slowed to 5 miles/hour and made a perfect landing: touchdown.
What was exciting about this half-hour was watching the activities in mission-control and listening to the public announcements by the project manager as Phoenix entered the Martian atmosphere. By this time, the space craft was on automatic pilot, with events coming fast and furious as the craft hurled through the Martian air.
Here are few pictures I took of my television screen with my i-Phone.
This is mission control. Banks of computer monitors with teams assigned to different aspects of the Phoenix launch.
Watching from the back of mission control was the team of managers, led by Dr. Peter Smith (on the right, standing).
Elation right after the first signals came from Phoenix indicating that the parachute had opened.
Here is a screen shot depicting the spacecraft 11 minutes from landing.
Touchdown, the Phoenix has landed.Mars lander, NASA, Phoenix