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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

2008-06-28 00:02:21

U.S. scientists said soil on Mars appears to be alkaline enough to support plant life. Samuel P.

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.

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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.

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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.

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 the...


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ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
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