The clarity and crisp resolution of the images being taken by the Phoenix Lander on Mars is astounding. The image below is a view of the ground underneath the Lander which points to evidence that descent thrusters dispersed overlying soil exposing what appears to bee ice. This is good, since one main objective of the robotic arm is to scoop soil samples containing ice for analysis

 Underneath Lander

This image taken by Robotic Arm Camera shows patches of smooth and level surfaces beneath the thrusters.


“We were expecting to find ice within two to six inches of the surface,” said Peter Smith of the University of Arizona, Tucson, principal investigator for Phoenix. “The thrusters have excavated two to six inches and, sure enough, we see something that looks like ice. It’s not impossible that it’s something else, but our leading interpretation is ice.”

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