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By Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Aug. 1--The red planet really does have water. The Phoenix Mars Mission led by the University of Arizona has made history by scientifically proving, for the first time, that water exists on a planet other than Earth.
By ALICIA CHANG By Alicia Chang The Associated Press LOS ANGELES The Phoenix spacecraft has tasted Martian water for the first time, scientists reported Thursday.
By Alicia Chang Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- The Phoenix spacecraft has tasted Martian water for the first time, scientists reported Thursday. By melting icy soil in one of its lab instruments, the robot confirmed the presence of frozen water lurking below the Martian permafrost.
By Ben Clover NASA HAS confirmed that the Phoenix Mars Lander has identified one of the crucial ingredients for life in a soil sample. "We have water," said William Boynton of the University of Arizona, one of the lead scientists monitoring the mission, . "We've now finally touched it and tasted it.
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.
A distinctive hard-surface feature called "Snow Queen" beneath NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander visibly changed sometime between mid-June and mid-July, close-up images from the Robotic Arm Camera show.
The latest activities of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander have moved the mission closer to analyzing a sample of material, possibly icy soil, from a hard layer at the bottom of a shallow trench beside the lander.
Phoenix early Tuesday finished its longest work shift of the mission. The lander stayed awake for 33 hours, completing tasks that included rasping and scraping by the robotic arm, in addition to atmosphere observations in coordination with simultaneous observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano visited the Phoenix mission Science Operations Center at The University of Arizona Monday to see how NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander was progressing.
The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Sunday, July 22: ___ A mere 422 million miles from Earth, NASA's phenomenal planet-searcher, the Phoenix Lander, is busy giving scientists valuable information about life on Mars. No, not life now, we don't think.
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