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Phoenix once again found water on Mars

August 1 2008

Probe Phoenix has confirmed the presence of water on Mars, the report said the U.S. space agency NASA. "We have found water," - said William Boynton of the University of Arizona, one of the leading scientists of the project. The presence of water shown by analysis of rock samples that Phoenix got through his arm. Under laboratory conditions on board the rover has been detected and evaporated water obtained from samples of Martian soil.

"Manipulator rover soil samples delivered on Wednesday in a chamber where there were tools that identified pairs, obtained by heating the soil sample," - said in a statement by NASA. According Boyton, were previously obtained evidence of the presence of water on Mars. "But now for the first time Martian water could touch and taste," - he said.

Inspired by the success of the mission spacecraft "Phoenix" NASA scientists have extended its mission. "Given the excellent results and a beautiful shape of the spacecraft Phoenix, NASA announced the continued funding of the mission and its extension until September 30. It was originally planned to complete the mission in late August. The extension adds five weeks to the originally planned 90-day mission," - said in a statement . According to a leading specialist program for the study of Mars in NASA's Michael Meyer, "Phoenix" in good working condition, its solar panels are working properly.

"We want to get the full benefit from the presence of Phoenix in one of the most interesting areas of Mars," - said Meyer. A sample of Martian soil, which was discovered water, "Phoenix" took approximately pyatisantimetrovoy depths of the Red Planet. When a manipulator "Phoenix" for the first time reached that depth, he ran into something hard - it was frozen Martian soil. Two previous attempts to deliver samples of soil on board the "Phoenix" by paddle ended in failure - soil gets stuck in the manipulator. Most of the soil, which was delivered to the Phoenix on Wednesday, was subjected to external shocks, resulting in some amount of water evaporated from the samples and the soil became more lenient, said Meyer. Mars throws us a surprise.

We're thrilled, because that is how come the opening. One of the surprises - this is the behavior of the soil. Ice-rich layers stick to the bucket arm when they were on the sunny side - a very different behavior than we expected after all the tests on the simulation of Martian conditions "- leads the press service quoted the chief scientific adviser at the University of Arizona Piret Smith. According to him, such behavior has caused some difficulties for the delivery of soil samples on board the "Phoenix", but was raised a lot of information to help understand the nature of the soil, RIA News .

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