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Originally posted by grover
Originally posted by rocksarerocks
Don't you know, that is the thing to do here at ATS. What you do is post completely wrong titles for threads.
For the last BLOODY time... I posted the title as I originally came across it on:
Its link was to:
And after I read the article I felt that the first title was as accurate.
If I was wrong so be it... but I posted what I thought was an honest title.
I have stated this several times now and I am getting sick and tired of having to defend myself over it.
[edit on 2-6-2008 by grover]
Proof! Water Ice Found on Mars
By Clara Moskowitz
posted: 20 June 2008
2:55 p.m. ET
Scientists said today they have "found proof" of water ice on Mars away from the polar ice caps, a discovery made by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander.
The finding is a crucial first step toward learning whether the ground on Mars is hospitable, because all life as we know it requires water. Now scientists can get on with the business of studying the chemistry of Mars dirt in more detail.
When the probe took photos of a ditch it had dug four days before, scientists noticed that about eight small crumbs of a bright material had disappeared. They concluded those crumbs had been water ice buried under a thin layer of dirt that vaporized when Phoenix exposed them to the air.
"It's with great pride and a lot of joy I announce today we have found proof that this hard material really is water ice and not some other substance," Phoenix principal investigator Peter Smith of the University of Arizona, Tucson said at a briefing Friday.
The finding had been discussed tentatively yesterday, but in a press conference today, researchers left no doubts.
Phoenix's robotic arm first revealed the crumbs about 5 cm deep in the trench called "Dodo-Goldilocks" on June 15. By June 19, they had vanished. If the crumbs had been salt, they wouldn't have disappeared, scientists said, and if the ice had been made of carbon dioxide, they wouldn't have vaporized.
"What this tells us is we found what we're looking for," said Mark Lemmon, a Phoenix co-investigator from Texas A&M University. "This tells us that we've got water ice within reach of the [robotic] arms, which means that we can continue the investigation."