NASA Fixes Issue With Phoenix And Soil On Mars

June 11, 2008

NASA scientists have come out and stated that they have fixed the problem which was keeping the Phoenix Mars Lander from properly testing the soil on the red planet.Orlando (ChattahBox) – NASA scientists have come out and stated that they have fixed the problem which was keeping the Phoenix Mars Lander from properly testing the soil on the red planet.

The Phoenix Mars Lander mission has been in limbo since last Thursday when the first soil was gathered.

The soil on Mars was too lumpy to fit through the screen and into the lab instruments on the Phoenix.

They have figured out a way to get around this though by using the scoop at the end of the robotic arm to deliver the soil directly into the lab instruments, the Thermal and Evolve-Gas Analyzer.

In the future, NASA stated they will add blades to the scoop on the robotic arm to help cut up soil samples to make things easier.

Now that this has been worked around, they will be able to analyze the soil for organic compounds.


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