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Friday, June 20, 2008

Phoenix finds ice!

Ralph Buttigieg
Sydney, NSW
It has just been confirmed , the Phoenix lander has found water ice on Mars:
June 19, 2008 -- Dice-size crumbs of bright material have vanished from inside a trench where they were photographed by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander four days ago, convincing scientists that the material was frozen water that vaporized after digging exposed it. "It must be ice," said Phoenix Principal Investigator Peter Smith of the University of Arizona, Tucson. "These little clumps completely disappearing over the course of a few days, that is perfect evidence that it's ice. There had been some question whether the bright material was salt. Salt can't do that." .....
(Click on the original graphic link to see the animated gif)
There could be more to come too. The people at the Xentotech website have come up with the following animated gif from the raw graphics. It looks like wet mud dehydrating to me. We will have to wait and see if NASA confirms any more watery discoveries.