Critical analysis of Martian ice set as Phoenix team worries about organics instrument
The Phoenix lander’s search for Martian life evidence will begin in earnest this week as the spacecraft’s organic chemistry instrument is fed a sample of 100% water ice. The mission team also wants to do ice sampling as early as possible, in the event an electrical short in the device prematurely halts organic-oven operations. The ice sample is to be processed starting about July 9, with results due about July 15. This marks a major shift in mission emphasis—from the general ...
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