Phoenix Mars lander digs up ice.

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  1. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    Pro.
     
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    Quite strange.
     
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    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    Why?

    We have known the ice was there due to the satellites we have in orbit, this is just the first time we've seen it up close.
     
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    I am sorry to say I am not sure what the big deal is. So there is water, we know they have ice caps at the pole. So there is water other places.
     
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    Actually some of the icecaps is Dry Ice (frozen Carbon Dioxide) and some water. Water totaly skips the water liquid-phase on Mars due to the lack of air pressure (it just bubbles away into vapor) so locating real ice is a must for future manned missions.

    Ice is made of water and Water is needed to sustain a human settlement on Mars (you cant ship a million gallons of water to Astronauts on mars with ease). Water is also 2 hydrogen atoms and one Oxygen atom and Hydrogen is needed in Rocket Fuel. So Mars becomes a human colony we have the means for sustaining them indefinatly AND making it a gas station to the stars.
     
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    Water is important because it can be examined for simple lifeforms. It would be awesome to discover extraterrestrial life.
     
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    Vanilla Ice?
     
  9. eyeballkid

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    I didn't read in the articles how deep the lander had dug, but it seems like it was a rather short distance below the surface. Surely less than a 1/4 of a foot?

    I'm pretty excited about this.
     
  10. lebowski

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    "Ice at the poles" doesn't necessarily equate to "water". The "ice at the poles" is dry ice - frozen CO2, not frozen H2O. Big difference.
     
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    But is there oil?
     
  12. Chaos Muffin

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    Suprised there's not a McDonalds there
     
  13. Bryan

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    :lol  squared.

    But honestly, this is amazing. I mean, I know we had evidence of water already...but the fact that we sent a machine there and found it is astonishing.

    We live in extraordinary times, don't we?
     
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    I give it 48 hours until Starbucks open a Mars branch.
     
  15. Rdfnd1253

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    Didnt they say though, that the ice melted or disappeared fairly quickly before they could analyze it. What I read said this means it either turned to a vapor, or they think it could be salt crystals.
     

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