Ice under Phoenix?

More developments from Mars where the Phoenix lander may have photographed ice directly under itself on the surface of Mars.

The very final stages of the probe landing on Mars involved a short burst from its thrusters to slow it down; this manoeuvre was also intended to clear away dust and dirt to give the probe’s digging arm better access to the underlying soil.

However, when the camera was deployed under the probe to check the landing struts and other gear, it recorded a smooth, light patch (seen clearly in the photo above, larger version here).

Is it ice? It is exciting to think so. Watch this space.


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