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Mars Phoenix Watch: First Extraterrestrial Ice Almost in Reach

By Alexis Madrigal lJune 04, 2008 | 6:56:54



The Mars Phoenix Lander, after a successful landing and series of tests with its robotic arm, will begin digging for Martian soil samples that it will actually analyze today.

Given that the so-called "white layer" appears to be the long-postulated subterranean Martian ice, the Lander could soon be tasting the first extraterrestrial water ice ever.

NASA scientists have selected three spots directly adjacent to the test dig site in which the white layer was first glimpsed. They have termed these three locations, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear, and as @MarsPhoenix tweeted, "One of them should be just right."

The Lander will scoop soil and (scientists hope) some ice into an thermal and evolved gas analyzer, which will heat the Martian soil and determine the chemical composition of the sample. If and when it detects H20, which, in liquid form is necessary for life as we know it, it will be a major victory for NASA's exploration strategy for Mars of "following the water."

In recent years, the Mars Rovers revealed that oceans probably covered the Martian surface about four billion years ago, although whether they could have supported life remains in doubt. One thing is for sure: any analysis of the white layer will help determine whether Mars could support (or could have supported) life.

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Rumors Abound About 'Potential for Life' on Mars

(Wired.com) Rumors are flying this weekend that Mars Phoenix has made a major discovery relating to the potential for life on Mars.

Wired.com reached Sam Kounaves, the mission's wet chemistry lab lead, by cell phone this morning. He quickly directed us to speak with NASA's PR representatives, but not before he said, simply, "Rumors are rumors."

They stem from an article in Aviation Week and subsequent pickup on Slashdot and elsewhere indicating that the White House had been briefed on the potential for life on the planet.

"The White House has been alerted by NASA about plans to make an announcement soon on major new Phoenix lander discoveries concerning the "potential for life" on Mars," wrote Craig Covault, citing anonymous sources on the Phoenix Lander's wet chemistry lab team.

Covault's article showed some restraint, though, and made sure to note that "sources say the new data do not indicate the discovery of existing or past life on Mars."

The subtleties, however, were quickly lost in the blogosphere, where excitement began to build that simple extraterrestrial life, or something suggesting its presence, had been found on Mars.

Late last night, @MarsPhoenix (aka Veronica McGregor, a NASA employee) responded to the story, via the mission's Twitter account.

"Heard about the recent news reports implying I may have found Martian life. Those reports are incorrect," she Tweeted. "Reports claiming there was a White House briefing are also untrue and incorrect."

Covault implies that a test in which Earth water was mixed with Martian soil is the cause of the excitement. Mars Phoenix scientists have repeatedly stated that the lander doesn't have the tools to directly detect life.

Over at LiveScience, David Leonard hints, without sourcing or attribution, that a paper on the work is going to come out in the journal Science.

"The reason that all this seems so hush-hush is due to a future paper and press release that appears likely to pop out of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and its Science magazine," Leonard writes. "Whatever the poop is from the scoop that’s been studied by Phoenix, that information is purportedly going through peer-review."

We're still trying to get to the bottom of this story and will keep you updated with any new developments.

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