NASA’s space craft, the Phoenix, as you know has landed on Mars. It’s robotic arm is now finally working, and it has touched the soil for the first time, leaving a footprint-like impression. This was just a test run. The actual scooping of Mars’ soil will begin very soon according to NASA.
A Photo of the Phoenix’s Robotic Arm on Earth
NASA has also recently displayed fine-quality images of what appeared to be ice exposed under the thin soil. If you do not already know, the mission’s main goal is to test ice for evidence of organic compounds that would allow for life to form in the icecaps of Mars.
Soon…so very soon. I am almost giddy with excitement to find out what the Phoenix will discover. Unfortunately, preliminary tests prove that the ice water is very salty, which is not the best of first signs, but there still is definitely hope.