Friday, August 1, 2008

Ice found in Mars

We've got a second off topic today! ;-D

When I heard the news about the Phoenix launched into Martian soil, that's Mars for you who haven't know yet, I don't really much care. But now, after the Phoenix has actually tasted water on there, yes tasted it, I'm ecstatic about it.

Scientests behind the Phoenix project have popped open champagne when they received confirmation Wednesday that the soil contained ice. "We've now finally touched it and tasted it," William Boynton of the University of Arizona said during a news conference in Tucson on Thursday. "From my standpoint, it tastes very fine."

By melting icy soil in one of its lab instruments, the robot confirmed the presence of frozen water lurking below the Martian permafrost. Until now, evidence of ice in Mars' north pole region has been largely circumstantial. Researchers were able to prove the soil had ice in it because it melted in the oven at 32 degrees — the melting point of ice — and released water molecules.

What this could mean, oh I know you're about to ask that. This means there was once water in Mars, and if there's water mean there was (possibly) once a life in there too! Could there be an intelligent life being once live there before? Could it be we actually have a human being sibling there, a brother? The sayings about men are from Mars, and women are from Venus could really become true... ~LOL~

The tiny-little geek part of my brain can't stop imagining the possibilities, and I'm sure some of you are too, and surely are the scientists of the Phonenix project. Just a couple week ago, my brother finished up playing
Mass Effect, a very good science-fiction game with excellent story line. So it sparks a very mind-blowing imagination: could this be our first step to learn of a new life form out there in the vast universe, which will lead to the first contact with alien technology...?

Time will tell, as the Phoenix is exploring more of the Martian soil as I speak. Head on to
Associated Press page for more detail news.

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