News From Under the Phoenix Mars Lander

Images from the Phoenix Mars Lander are returning very interesting information. The photos appear to be supporting the idea that there is a layer of solid ice just below the shallow soil surface of Mars. NASA states that the camera on the robotic arm took this picture.

That could be ice on Mars

The Thrusters have removed from two to six inches of soil and now we see a very solid surface below. Is the robotic arm up to “digging” in to that stuff? It appears we will have to wait until June 2, 2008, when NASA has announced they will have news conference to tell us all about the Mission to Mars.

You are getting the “Public” view (per NASA) of the mission through my eyes. Admittedly, I have been watching NASA more closely since viewing a video that presented evidence that NASA might not have been totally truthful with the Public about the manned mission to the Moon.

I have made several posts regarding the Phoenix Mars Lander and its’ entry in to the Martian atmosphere. You will find those posts, and a neat animation of the landing on the  Phoenix Mars Lander Page.

You can also be a Public  visitor at the NASA website and sees that latest pictures and animations. The titles to their animated gifs made me think they had the robotic arm loose from the sheathing that still wrapped it. Their pictures don’t support that idea. Take a look for yourself. I don’t see where that arm has moved anywhere.

NASA really does have some great animations of the mission on their website, even though they are not providing a lot of hard facts on the current mission status. Check out this link for the latest on the Mars Mission.

NASA – Hard Substrate, Possibly Ice, Uncovered Under the Mars Lander

Other than that, it is just another day in Paradise.

Smiles. ET

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