But as the project continued, McGregor said she kept receiving messages saying they liked getting short updates.
"I think that's the key thing," she said. "People just love getting that tidbit of news without having to sit down and read an entire story."
For McGregor, the challenge is how to keep people interested in the mission, especially during the downtime of a coming Mars fall.
"I said I do it as long as people are following and as long as Phoenix is working," she said. "Eventually we'll have to sign-off and say goodbye."
June 3: Sci team is done with today's news briefing. They'll be back on the clock to start the Martian work shift at 9:30pm PDT. Mars time is rough.