posted on Aug, 4 2008 @ 10:41 AM
( Sorry just noticed this has already been posted, maybe not this exact link... sorry )
On Thursday, NASA held a press conference to announce that the recent TEGA experiment on board Phoenix had confirmed the presence of water in the
Martian soil. Whist exciting, Phoenix scientists were expecting that result. However, behind the scenes, something else was being discussed and it had
little to do with melting water…
Having just covered this story on the Universe Today, I can’t help but be intrigued. Apparently, an undisclosed Phoenix scientist has been in
communication with Aviation Week concerning a “compelling” discovery on the Red Planet. What could this news be? Obviously it’s something
important as NASA and the University of Arizona are going to great lengths to keep the details out of the public domain. Plus, Phoenix scientists have
presented their preliminary findings to the Bush Administration’s Presidential Science Advisor. The report suggests that there has been an even more
significant discovery from the robotic explorer, not only from the Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer (or “TEGA,” the instrument used to bake
Martian samples) which confirmed the presence of water, but from the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) instrument. MECA
has apparently found even more evidence for the “potential for life” on Mars. But this “evidence” will be the biggest discovery yet.
However, the Phoenix team need more time to analyse the complex data they’ve received and will wait till mid-August at the earliest to make a press
release. Scientists are keen to point out that they have not discovered direct evidence for life on Mars (after all, Phoenix is not equipped to do
this), but the indication is this new data will be even more profound than the discovery of water.
As if that wasn’t enough, it looks like they’ve had to take this news to the top. Advising the White House is a pretty big deal, so we’ll just
have to wait and see what Phoenix has uncovered…
Link : www.astroengine.com...
[edit on 4-8-2008 by Triton1128]