NASA Makes Major Discovery, First Ice Sample Taken From Mars

August 1, 2008

NASA had a big day on Thursday, as scientists made a major discovery, with the Phoenix lander taking the first ice sample from Mars...Washington (ChattahBox) – NASA had a big day on Thursday, as scientists made a major discovery, with the Phoenix lander taking the first ice sample from Mars.

NASA scientists have been going through a rough time as they have been unable to actually get any ice samples taken from Mars, due to the fact that the ice kept getting stuck in the robotic arm of Phoenix.

Scientists took a different approach Wednesday, as they simply tried to get a dry oil sample and analyze that in the test oven of the Phoenix.

When the dry soil sample was tested in the ovens though, they soon realized that they had actually managed to take their first ice sample from Mars.

This is a huge success for NASA scientists, who have been working around the clock to try and gather the first ice sample from the red planet.

They will be studying the sample further from this point as they want to learn more about Mars.

This came on the same day that NASA announced that the Phoenix Mars mission would be extended to late September.


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