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Mars Probe Finds Evidence of Water

September 30, 2008

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – The JPL-built Phoenix spacecraft has discovered two minerals on Mars that suggest water was there in the past, scientists reported Monday.

The minerals – calcium carbonate and sheet silicate – don’t usually form without the presence of liquid water, scientists said. Phoenix landed in the Martian arctic plains in May to study whether the environment could be friendly to microbial life.

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