When I see something in the news about the Phoenix Mars Lander, it hits really close to home. This is because the research and data gathered from Mars is being transmitted and analyzed at the University of Arizona, in Tucson; where I go to school.
It seems that the Mars crew may have found what they were looking for; water.
June 19, 2008 — Dice-size crumbs of bright material have vanished from inside a trench where they were photographed by NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander four days ago, convincing scientists that the material was frozen water that vaporized after digging exposed it.
“It must be ice,” said Phoenix Principal Investigator Peter Smith of the University of Arizona, Tucson. “These little clumps completely disappearing over the course of a few days, that is perfect evidence that it’s ice. There had been some question whether the bright material was salt. Salt can’t do that.”
Link: Phoenix Mars Mission
I mean, WOW! Can you imagine what other information we can gather from Mars? Water is, as far as we know, the most essential element to life. I am not saying that because water is on Mars, there must be life on the planet. However, it is a good indication that there could have been, at one time, life on Mars. More research needs to be done; but the fact that water is probably on Mars gives scientists some hope.