July 31, 2008

Water on Mars Confirmed
— Ace

Neat:

): As PopularMechanics.com first reported here, scientists from NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and Texas A&M have just officially announced at a press conference that soil samples taken by Phoenix on Mars is water ice.

"We expected to find water—hat's why we came here, but we're very pleased to see we landed right on top of water ice," says Peter Smith, the principal investigator for Phoenix at the University of Arizona.

The a hard, solid substance discovered 2 in. under the soil beneath the lander is "definitely" a solid layer of water ice.

Two new trenches will be carved and explored for different kinds of ice. "We also hope to answer the question ... if this is a habitable zone on Mars," Smith said, adding that he hopes to guide future missions to search for life where the Phoenix lander is located.

And now the search for life:

The Phoenix mission will be extended, but team leaders aren’t sure how long the lander will last, so they’re gathering as much information and evidence on Mars as possible. "We're learning as we go along the best way to heat the soil ... and we have ways of fine tuning the instrument to look for organic molecules at the expense of other molecules," Boyton said. "It will be very helpful to have more time ... to use all of TEGA's 8 ovens [to heat samples for measurement in a spectrometer]."

So the hunt for organics on Mars has officially begun.

Oddly, NASA made no mention of the fact that they also discovered a human bootprint on Mars:

"We just do shit like that to fuck with people," a NASA team leader explained.

Posted by: Ace at 10:51 AM | Comments (33)
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1

Water on Mars. Now there is somewhere else for Obama to walk on it.

Posted by: roy at July 31, 2008 10:55 AM (cB77O)

2

I don't think we can really appreciate this at the moment.  Also, I have a feeling thats a 3D photo, if anyone has 3d glasses with them.

Posted by: Dr. Chopper at July 31, 2008 11:03 AM (vjl9g)

3 Thats no moon...

Posted by: Obi Wan at July 31, 2008 11:04 AM (Vp5gu)

4 Finally, a reason for man to go to Mars.  And, take bourbon with him.

Posted by: JayC at July 31, 2008 11:05 AM (ZLzFl)

5 Does Mars have any oil we can't drill for, too?

Posted by: mr_spork at July 31, 2008 11:10 AM (wrxQh)

6

Oddly, NASA made no mention of the fact that they also discovered a human bootprint on Mars:

Heh, that's the first thing I thought when I saw that picture. I was even going to make that joke here but I see you beat me to it.

Ace, faster than the average moron.

Posted by: Veeshir at July 31, 2008 11:10 AM (ThMnZ)

7 Humanity is in desperate need of a new frontier.  Question is, which fundamentalist religious minority will be the first colonists?  My money's on Quakers.

Posted by: leoncaruthers at July 31, 2008 11:18 AM (SHR5S)

8 #5 - no but Jupiter's moon, Titan, has ethane and presumably many oil type components (also in the news today)... 

Posted by: Clancy at July 31, 2008 11:26 AM (X+xFB)

9 #8, cool. But, in 150 years I can see the Save Titan banner from the enviro-nuts now

Posted by: mr_spork at July 31, 2008 11:31 AM (wrxQh)

10 Question is, which fundamentalist religious minority will be the first colonists?

Episcopalians who actually believe in God.

Posted by: JayC at July 31, 2008 11:40 AM (ZLzFl)

11

Uh-oh, this isn't the Mars Obama knew.... and He might not have the time to save two planets.  Maybe He and Al Gore and a few hundred thousand Greenies could go there and work on saving Mars from man in a, you-know, proactive way, and the rest of us could just stay here, clinging to our bitter lives, waiting to die as the oceans rise?  I'm willing to say behind so that one more moonbat can go.

Posted by: sherlock at July 31, 2008 11:53 AM (fKPuo)

12 so now the libs will be wailing about us going to another planet to pillage and rape. NO DRILLING FOR WATER!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: GarandFan at July 31, 2008 11:59 AM (eJ32B)

13 All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landings there.

Posted by: Dr. Chopper at July 31, 2008 12:00 PM (vjl9g)

14 my obama, it's full of stars

Posted by: mr_spork at July 31, 2008 12:08 PM (wrxQh)

15

Wir Erdlingen liebensraum brauchen.

Abschießen Sie die Raumschiffen!

Posted by: A. Hitler at July 31, 2008 12:51 PM (+45yf)

16 The bootprint belongs to Dennis Kucinich. He went home.

Posted by: sfcmac at July 31, 2008 03:03 PM (IltU5)

17 I for one welcome our new Martian overlords. 

Posted by: kevlarchick at July 31, 2008 03:06 PM (TNuqz)

18 We are informed by the Obamessiah that there are Democrats Fremen in the millions on Arrakis Mars, awaiting their Messiah. He gives them water, can Menthol Kools be far behind?

Posted by: The Kwisatz Haderach at July 31, 2008 03:07 PM (jqjPw)

19 A bootprint on Mars, huh?  Now, we're starting to get to the root of the atmospheric warming there.

Posted by: Steve L. at July 31, 2008 03:08 PM (o0YD+)

20 scientists from NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and Texas A&M

Oh c'mon, Ace, you don't really expect us to believe that a project involving Aggies and Canadians actually made it to Mars.

Posted by: michael at July 31, 2008 03:17 PM (l7H1O)

21 michael, they brought the beer.

Posted by: Veeshir at July 31, 2008 03:21 PM (ThMnZ)

22 The footprint, Doc Martens or Chucks?

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at July 31, 2008 03:27 PM (Ds4I5)

23 The big question is have they found Marvin the Martian's Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator yet?

Posted by: RWB at July 31, 2008 03:42 PM (MKxON)

24

RWB, obviously not.

There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering kaboom.

Posted by: Veeshir at July 31, 2008 03:44 PM (zXUuJ)

25 Oh c'mon, Ace, you don't really expect us to believe that a project involving Aggies and Canadians actually made it to Mars.

I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at July 31, 2008 04:05 PM (1hM1d)

26

There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering kaboom.

Or at least a flag to that effect

Posted by: toby hussein 928 at July 31, 2008 04:12 PM (PD1tk)

27 how did obama  get the water there? wow i love him in a non sexual, very affirmed hetrosexual, diety kinda way.

Posted by: spear at July 31, 2008 05:09 PM (mK+YI)

28

Get your ass to mars.

Get your ass to mars.

Get your ass to mars.

Get your ass to mars.

Get your ass to mars.

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