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Ice On Mars: It’s Confirmed, With Pictures.

In News on June 20, 2008 at 3:11 pm

(Pic from NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Texas A&M University)

Ever since the Phoenix landed on Mars, there has been speculation on whether or not there is ice beneath the Mars Lander. It could’ve been salt, but pictures of a sublimating patch proved it to be frozen water. It’s the answer everyone’s been waiting for since the day we created Martians in Sci-Fi.

From Phoenix Mars Mission:

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.”

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