Phoenix tastes water, gets more up-time

With the announcement late last week that the Phoenix lander on Mars had directly ‘tasted’ martian water, funding has been extended to increase the mission’s duration by 5 more weeks.

Meanwhile, Nasa has pubished a composite image showing the view around the lander (small version above links to a much, much larger version – 11MB in fact!)

This mission has been one of the most successful and interesting in years. Hopefully there’ll be more from Phoenix before the end of its activities sometime during September.

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