posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 09:17 PM
reply to post by dragonridr
The `frost` would have probably arisen from contact with the ground upon landing.
The thrusters may have briefly melted some ice in the mud when touching down,this would have created a `slop`,some of which may have been splashed
onto part of Phoenix,then quickly refroze.
There is only trace amounts of water vapor in the Martian atmosphere (0.03%),and atmospheric pressure is far too low to allow water to exist as a
liquid on the surface,or as moisture droplets in the air (the clouds are ice crystals).
Temperature also plays a big part away from equatorial latitudes.
Instead it is either ice,or water vapor which sublimes from solid into vapor(or vice versa),bypassing liquid state entirely (there is some evidence to
support the hypothesis that liquid water can exist briefly,as a flow)
Also,water is not the only prerequisite for life,there are many,many more factors involved.
[edit on 10-9-2008 by Swamp Gas]