June 23, 2008
There's Water in Them Thar Hills
Posted by scott at June 23, 2008 09:49 AM
The Phoenix space probe has discovered conclusive evidence of water ice in the area of Mars in which it has landed. It would seem the probe itself has had a few glitches in its first month of operation, but things seem to be rapidly sorting themselves out, allowing for "mo' bettah" science to continue.
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Maybe I'm just a pessimist, but won't positive proof be when they heat a sample and detect water vapor? Right now we've got great photographic evidence that suggests very strongly it's ice, but we're still not quite positive, no?