Tuesday, 03 Jun, 2008 Science
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NASA's Phoenix Finds Ice on Mars

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Scientists said that the Phoenix Mars Lander has found ice on Mars, which can become one step closer to finding evidence of life.

Close-up images showed that the lander's three legs rested on a patch of ice around 3 feet in diameter, which was apparently covered by a layer of dirt. After the thrusters blew away the topsoil, the scientists saw bright specks, which are believed to be ice.

Previously, the experts thought that it might take a lot of efforts to dig into the ice, as it was unknown how deep underground it might be.

Phoenix mission that cost $420 million was planned in hopes to find the evidence of past water and organic compounds essential for life. The spacecraft landed in the Martian arctic plains on May 25 and the mission will last around three months.

The Phoenix Mars Lander's 8-foot-long robotic arm is used to dig the ground to take the samples that will be tested in the laboratory. The dirt and ice taken from Martian surface will be sent for test in a number of small ovens to be heated. The resulting gases will be examined to make a conclusion for traces of organic compounds. Next step will be to bring the samples of soil to make a microscopic analysis and wet chemistry examination.

After the Phoenix's landing, scientists named the areas surrounding Phoenix to make it easier to recognize and discuss the rocks and other geological features during the mission.

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//3 Jul 10, 2008 08:58 AM | posted by: barbie
so nice.....i wanna to live in mars along with my friends....
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//2 Jun 14, 2008 12:53 PM | posted by: crix
waaaaaaaaa coooooooool i wish i will live on mars next year ^_^ ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
33 votes

//1 Jun 04, 2008 05:04 PM | posted by: ram
why you

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