Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Water and Snow on Mars

It's pretty neat to think that while we struggle here on Earth, we're still discovering things about other places like Mars.

The Phoenix rover on Mars has detected evidence of water via some rather complicated tests, and have detected snow in the far upper atmosphere of Mars.

Just as they start getting data, there are concerns that the little rover won't last past the end of October due to the sun setting and there being limited time to charge the solar batteries that the systems charge themselves off of.

This project was originally slated for a three month run, and it's now in it's 5th.

The Phoenix mission is led by a team at the University of Arizona.
Project management is the responsibility of JPL with development partnership by Lockheed Martin in Denver.
International contributions come from the Canadian Space Agency; the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland; the universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark; Max Planck Institute, Germany; and the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

Source and more reading:
NASA. The Latest NASA Phoenix Project News, U of AZ Phoenix Site,
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