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    • CommentAuthorAnopheles
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2008 edited
    The Phoenix may have found a layer of water ice just under the soil of Mars.

    *crosses fingers*
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    Ah, this is so awesome! I caught the images a few days ago and I've been crossing my fingers for a proper analysis too.
    Here's a follow up article with a clearer picture: clicky
    The scientists involved have named the area under the lander "holy cow" because apparently that's what they said when they first saw that image XD
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    Did you know it's twittering?

    Well OK it's the scientists back here, but it's still pretty cool.
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    New Scientist had an article about this last week.

    Most theoretical models say there should be a huge amount of ice under the ground.

    The Mars observation satellites can't detect water directly but can detect hydrogen - and they're detecting much less ofit than the models predict.

    So one of the big questions Phoenix is intended to answer isn't "Is there water?" but "How much water is there?".

    Looks like they've landed in the right place.
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    Ah right. Well, regardless of the intent of the mission, a model is just a model until we get direct evidence, so 'Is there water' is (or was?) still a pertinent question, and it's amazing that phoenix has found a positive result so early on! I might have been that it landed, never found water, and theorists would have to go back to square one, or come up with a different way to look.