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Adam Israel
08-02-2008, 08:47 PM
From the article (http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story.jsp?id=news/WH08018.xml&headline=White%20House%20Briefed%20On%20Potential% 20For%20Mars%20Life&channel=space):



The White House has been alerted by NASA about plans to make an announcement soon on major new Phoenix lander discoveries concerning the "potential for life" on Mars, scientists tell Aviation Week & Space Technology.


Sources say the new data do not indicate the discovery of existing or past life on Mars. Rather the data relate to habitability--the "potential" for Mars to support life--at the Phoenix arctic landing site, sources say.

:hooray:

Sounds like there's more news coming in the next 2-4 weeks, relating to the confirmation of water.

They've already discovered "Earth-like" soil and now water. My greatest hope is some concrete evidence that extraterrestrial life -- microbes, bacteria, etc, is discovered.

SPMiller
08-02-2008, 08:50 PM
The best part was that they discovered the ice almost immediately, and we all knew it was ice, but they had to bake it to be sure anyway.

I'm not hoping so much that micro-life is discovered, but rather that this will prevent funding cuts to NASA.

Cranky
08-02-2008, 09:16 PM
The best part was that they discovered the ice almost immediately, and we all knew it was ice, but they had to bake it to be sure anyway.

I'm not hoping so much that micro-life is discovered, but rather that this will prevent funding cuts to NASA.

Yes, and maybe even some forward progress on maybe being able to live on Mars! *shivers with excitement*

I'd love to see something like that in my lifetime.

JoNightshade
08-02-2008, 09:33 PM
Packing my bags.