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2008-08-01 09:00:08

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 melting icy soil in one of its lab instruments, the robot confirmed the presence of frozen water lurking below the Martian permafrost. Until now, evidence of ice in Mars' north pole region has been largely circumstantial. In 2002, the orbiting Odyssey spacecraft spied what looked like a reservoir of buried ice. After...

2008-08-01 09:00:08

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. Until now, evidence of ice in Mars' north pole region has been largely circumstantial. In 2002, the orbiting Odyssey spacecraft spied what looked like a reservoir of buried ice. After Phoenix arrived, it...

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2008-07-27 19:50:00

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's robotic arm will use a revised collection-and-delivery sequence overnight Sunday with the goal of depositing an icy soil sample in the lander's oven. "We are going to modify the process we ran on Sol 60 to acquire another icy sample and attempt to deliver it to TEGA," the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer, said Barry Goldstein, Phoenix project manager from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "We will repeat what we did successfully with small...

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2008-07-09 14:03:01

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander used its Robotic Arm to deliver a second sample of soil for analysis by the spacecraft's wet chemistry laboratory, data received from Phoenix on Sunday night confirmed. Results from testing this sample will be compared in coming days to the results from the first Martian soil analyzed by the wet chemistry laboratory two weeks ago. That laboratory is part of Phoenix's Microscopy, Electrochemistry and Conductivity Analyzer. The main activity on the lander's schedule...

2008-07-08 12:00:10

The U.S. space agency says its Phoenix Lander has used its robotic arm to deliver another sample of Martian soil for analysis by the spacecraft's laboratory. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists said test results from the new sample will be compared in coming days with the results from the first Martian soil analyzed by the wet chemistry laboratory two weeks ago. That laboratory is part of Phoenix's Microscopy, Electrochemistry and Conductivity Analyzer. The Phoenix...

2008-06-28 00:02:21

U.S. scientists said soil on Mars appears to be alkaline enough to support plant life. Samuel P. Kounaves of Tufts University said soil found by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Phoenix Mars lander has enough nutrients to grow a plant such as asparagus, The New York Times reported Friday. We basically have found what appears to be the requirements, the nutrients, to support life whether past, present or future, Kounaves told reporters. The sort of soil you have there is...

2008-06-27 09:02:57

By JOHN JOHNSON JR By John Johnson Jr. Los Angeles Times The first chemistry results from Mars' northern plain reveal an environment more hospitable to life than some scientists had predicted, one that might allow future colonists to grow crops as familiar on Earth as asparagus and green beans. Strawberries, though, might be tougher, Phoenix mission scientists said Thursday. "We're flabbergasted by this data," said Sam Kounaves, the lead scientist on the wet chemistry experiment...

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2008-06-26 19:15:00

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander performed its first wet chemistry experiment on Martian soil flawlessly yesterday, returning a wealth of data that for Phoenix scientists was like winning the lottery. "We are awash in chemistry data," said Michael Hecht of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, lead scientist for the Microscopy, Electrochemistry and Conductivity Analyzer, or MECA, instrument on Phoenix. "We're trying to understand what is the chemistry of wet soil on Mars, what's dissolved in it, how...

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2008-06-26 19:05:00

NASA scientists said Thursday that the soil on Mars appears to have elements favorable to supporting life. The "flabbergasted" scientists are part of the Phoenix Mars Lander mission. They said a preliminary analysis on a soil sample obtained by the spacecraft's 8-foot robotic arm had shown the Martian soil to be much more alkaline than expected. "We basically have found what appears to be the requirements, the nutrients, to support life whether past present or future," Sam Kounaves, the...

2008-06-25 21:00:34

To: TECHNOLOGY EDITORS Contact: Dwayne Brown , Headquarters, Washington, +1-202-358- 1726, dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov, or Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., +1-818-354-6278, guy.webster@jpl.nasa.gov, both of NASA; or Sara Hammond of University of Arizona, Tucson, +1-520-626-1974, shammond@lpl.arizona.edu TUCSON, Ariz., June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander placed a sample of Martian soil in the spacecraft's wet chemistry laboratory today for...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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