Friday, June 20, 2008

Mars Phoenix Tweets: "We Have ICE!"

Photographic evidence settles the debate over the nature of the white material seen in photographs sent back by the craft [Phoenix Mars lander, latest Mars lander]. As seen in lower left of this image, chunks of the ice sublimed (changed directly from solid to gas) over the course of four days, after the lander's digging exposed them.

"It must be ice," said the Phoenix Lander's lead investigator, Peter Smith. "These little clumps completely disappearing over the course of a few days, that is perfect evidence that it's ice."
Next step is analysing the water!

3 comments:

pimp-a-lot bear said...

COOL!
I wonder if they'll ever start selling bottled mars water here on earth

cybrbeast said...

Are they sure it's water ice and not CO2 ice?

Annom said...

I don't know. They say they are sure, not sure why.