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Revisiting Mars: The search for liquid water and life on the planet next door

Posted: July 21, 2011

Revisiting Mars: The search for liquid water and life on the planet next door Download File(s): marswater_photo-credit.txt

A few days after the Phoenix Mars lander touched down in May 2008 it sent back a picture of the ground underneath it. The spacecraft, which had aimed for a spot where its backhoe arm could reach ice, looked to be standing on a patch of it. Tests would confirm this in the coming months and scientists living vicariously through Phoenix would touch and taste ice on another planet for the first time.

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