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Dreaming of a white Christmas 
30th-Sep-2008 07:09 am
Phoenix lander spots falling snow

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- NASA's Phoenix spacecraft has discovered evidence of past water at its Martian landing site and spotted falling snow for the first time, scientists reported Monday.

Soil experiments revealed the presence of two minerals known to be formed in liquid water. Scientists identified the minerals as calcium carbonate, found in limestone and chalk, and sheet silicate.

But exactly how that happened remains a mystery.

"It's really kind of all up in the air," said William Boynton, a mission scientist at the University of Arizona at Tucson.

A laser aboard the Phoenix recently detected snow falling from clouds more than two miles above its home in the northern arctic plains. The snow disappeared before reaching the ground. [...]



Unfortunately, it does not look like we'll be able to have snowball fights on Mars. Apparently it sublimates before reaching the surface.
30th-Sep-2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
You know, it is funny, but this was exactly what I expected to happen.
30th-Sep-2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
"It's really kind of all up in the air,"

30th-Sep-2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
That statement was not lost on me.
30th-Sep-2008 07:28 pm (UTC) - Thanks for the heads up!!!
Note to self: Pack snow boots for Garret's trip in 20 years.
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