On Mars, Phoenix Scores Big

View under Phoenix on Mars shows exposed ice table

This image is the result of the Mars Phoenix mission team instructing the robotic arm camera to look under the vehicle. What you are looking at is the surface of Mars, and it shows that the Martian soil has been displaced by the landing thrusters on Phoenix to expose what is most probably ice. The simple action of Phoenix landing on Mars has potentially exposed polar ice directly under the vehicle, ice that was covered by a very loose and thin layer of soil.

There is a rumor that when the mission leaders saw this image the first words uttered were “Holy cow!”

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