from the Times (06.43 a.m):
US spacecraft lands safely at Mars north pole
A small science probe blazed through the salmon-colored skies of Mars last night, touching down on a frozen desert at the planet’s north pole to search for water and assess conditions for sustaining life, NASA officials said.
The spacecraft, known as Phoenix, landed at 1 a.m. (Malta time) after a do-or-die plunge through the planet’s thin atmosphere and thruster-jet landing to the Mars surface. It marked the first time that a spacecraft had successfully landed at one of the planet’s polar regions.
“It was a hell of a lot scarier than the two Mars rovers,” NASA’s space sciences chief Ed Weiler said, referring to the cushioned landings of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. “I kept thinking, ‘I wish I had airbags.'”
Pulled by Mars’ gravity, Phoenix was tearing along at 12,700 mph (20,400 kph) before it entered the atmosphere, which slowed the craft so it could pop out a parachute and fire thruster rockets to gently float to the ground. “It’s down, baby, it’s down!,” yelled a NASA flight controller, looking at signals from Mars showing that Phoenix had landed.
from the Times (07.31 a.m):
Migrants land at Golden Bay
A boat carrying 27 illegal immigrants sailed into Golden Bay this morning. The police said it carried 21 men and six women. The boat was reported at about 3.20 a.m. Another three boats arrived last Thursday, Friday and Saturday.