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2008-09-20 12:15:00

What it's doing * The three-legged Phoenix spacecraft is studying whether the the Martian north pole could have been favorable for microbial life to emerge. How much? * The space agency will invest about $6 million to keep the $422 million mission going through December. Why it matters * Phoenix is the first craft to touch Martian ice with its robotic arm. It will turn into a weather station once its digging job is finished. (c) 2008 Charleston Daily Mail. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All...

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2008-09-15 16:00:00

NASA has selected a Mars robotic mission that will provide information about the Red Planet's atmosphere, climate history and potential habitability in greater detail than ever before. Called the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft, the $485 million mission is scheduled for launch in late 2013. The selection was evaluated to have the best science value and lowest implementation risk from 20 mission investigation proposals submitted in response to a NASA Announcement of...

2008-08-01 12:00:04

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. "We have water," the UA's William V. Boynton, a lead scientist on the NASA mission, announced Thursday in Tucson. "We've done most of the things we need to do for a fully successful mission," Boynton added. "It is a...

2008-08-01 00:00:02

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. From my standpoint, it tastes very fine." Scientists popped open champagne when they received confirmation that the soil contained ice. Until now, evidence of ice in Mars's north pole region...

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2008-07-16 15:05:00

WASHINGTON -- Two studies based on data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed that the Red Planet once hosted vast lakes, flowing rivers and a variety of other wet environments that had the potential to support life. One study, published in the July 17 issue of Nature, shows that vast regions of the ancient highlands of Mars, which cover about half the planet, contain clay minerals, which can form only in the presence of water. Volcanic lavas buried the clay-rich regions...

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2008-07-10 13:00:00

Scientists running the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, known as HiRISE, on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have processed more details in an amazing image their camera captured as the Phoenix spacecraft descended through Mars' atmosphere during its landing on May 25, 2008. New analysis has turned up what likely is Phoenix's heat shield falling toward Mars' surface, they conclude. HiRISE, run from The University of Arizona, made history by taking the first image of a spacecraft...

2008-06-22 18:00:04

By JOHN VON RADOWITZ WATER ice was discovered on Mars yesterday by the Phoenix probe which landed on the planet last month. Mission controllers had been excited by chunks of white material in the Martian soil exposed by the craft's robot arm. Yesterday, scientists confirmed what they had hoped . . . that the material was frozen water. Phoenix principal investigator Dr Peter Smith said: "It is with great pride and a lot of joy that I announce today that we have found proof that this...

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2008-06-19 00:35:00

NASA engineers worked Wednesday to fix a glitch that caused the Phoenix lander to lose a day's worth of data during its mission near Mars' north pole. Engineers discovered the problem Tuesday evening when Phoenix sent a single piece of data 45,000 times. The Phoenix lander had been digging a trench inside a polygon-shaped surface feature, likely caused by seasonal changes and ice shrinkage. The spacecraft attempted to send back pictures of the trench, but the data overload stopped the...

2008-06-14 09:00:00

NASA's Phoenix probe scraped the frigid Martian ground with its robotic arm on Friday and revealed what looks like a layer of ice or perhaps bright salt just beneath the red soil. The lander also sent back its first microscopic pictures gathered from a scoopful of Martian soil, showing a mix of tiny red particles, minerals and glassy volcanic sand. The findings suggest that Phoenix has landed in a good place to carry out its scientific mission of detailing the history of water and...

2008-06-14 00:00:04

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Phoenix probe scraped the frigid Martian ground with its robotic arm on Friday and revealed what looks like a layer of ice or perhaps bright salt just beneath the red soil. The lander also sent back its first microscopic pictures gathered from a scoopful of Martian soil, showing a mix of tiny red particles, minerals and glassy volcanic sand. The findings suggest that Phoenix has landed in a good place to carry out its scientific mission...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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