Friday, August 01, 2008

"We Have Water"

That was the announcement from NASA earlier today.
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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Laboratory tests aboard NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander have identified water in a soil sample. The lander's robotic arm delivered the sample Wednesday to an instrument that identifies vapors produced by the heating of samples.

"We have water," said William Boynton of the University of Arizona, lead scientist for the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer, or TEGA. "We've seen evidence for this water ice before in observations by the Mars Odyssey orbiter and in disappearing chunks observed by Phoenix last month, but this is the first time Martian water has been touched and tasted."
For the rest of the story along with some great photos, audio, and related stories, visit the NASA website.
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So, what are the implications? Who knows, but I wonder if, in 100 or 200 years (should the human race even be around then) this is what things might look like.
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