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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has scraped to icy soil in the "Wonderland" area on, NASA announced on Friday.



Phoenix scientists are now assured they have a complete soil-layer profile in Wonderland's "Snow White" extended trench. Reaching the icy layer confirms that surface soil, subsurface soil and icy soil can be sampled at a single trench.



By rasping to icy soil, the robotic arm on Phoenix proved it could flatten the layer where soil meets ice, exposing the icy flat surface below the soil. Scientists can now proceed with plans to scoop and scrape samples into Phoenix's various analytical instruments. Scientists will test samples to determine if some ice in the soil may have been liquid in the past during warmer climate cycles.



Observations from the lander's Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer made last week indicated that the soil had at some time in the past interacted with water.



Phoenix has also photographed white chunks in trenches that mission scientists think must be ice.
Ice = Liquid = Maybe water = YEH LIFE ON MARS...

Idk... it would be interesting if they found something...

Also let's hope that Nasa wont screw up like the last time because they used the imperial system when the Europeans used metric.
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That would be awesome if they had life on mars. BTW you need a source.
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http://www.space.com/missionlaunches...ix-update.html

Not my topic, but the source that the copied text is from.
    
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why does life need to be water based or is it that is all we know of what life is based upon and so therefor it must be.
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i like how scientists think it MUST be ice...
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They didn't assume, they watched the areas of white to see if they shrank over time with exposure to sunlight. Then they said, looks like it's probably ice.
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Life on Mars = Dead life on Mars = Oil

Win win
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Originally Posted by rx7speed View Post
why does life need to be water based or is it that is all we know of what life is based upon and so therefor it must be.
Well yes, that's exactly it. We know of no life, by any agreed upon definition of the term, that is not entirely dependent on water. Doesn't mean it doesn't exist...maybe there's silicon based life out there for which water holds no life-sustaining value. But it is just more logical to search for the things you know exist than the things that could, maybe, in some sci-fi scenario exist.

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Life on Mars = Dead life on Mars = Oil

Win win
Heh heh, true. Probably a little cost prohibitive to ship it down to earth, though.
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Yeah now we just need Halliburton up there...
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Why would all life need Air or even Water to live? Just because we do, doesn't mean aliens might use, say, Silicone to breathe.
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