“Are you ready to celebrate? Well, get ready: We have ICE!!!!! Yes, ICE, *WATER ICE* on Mars! w00t!!! Best day ever!!” the Mars Phoenix Lander tweeted at about 5:15 pm.
You got that right, NASA scientists announced the best possibility of finding life on another planet–F’ing Martians—through Twitter, according to Wired.com. The news comes after photographic evidence of water ice (aka ice)–which holds the key to possible life on another planet–was taken within gathering reach of the Mars Lander.
Though photographs have been taken of what some believed was ice before, analysis proved inconclusive. But this time, they saw it melt.
“It must be ice,” said the Phoenix Lander’s lead investigator, Peter Smith. “These little clumps completely disappearing over the course of a few days, that is perfect evidence that it’s ice.”
The confirmation that water ice exists in the area directly surrounding the lander is big and good news for the Martian mission. NASA’s stated goal for the Mars Phoenix was to find exactly this — water ice — and then analyze it. With the latest news, the first step is accomplished. All that’s left now is to get the water into the Phoenix’s instruments, a task which has occasionally proven more difficult than anticipated.
Still, this is the best opportunity that humanity has ever had to analyze extraterrestrial water in any form. That had the Phoenix Lander’s persona fired up.
Well, they may be fired up. But don’t come crying to me when we’re stuck in an intergalactic war.
(Image source: NASA)