Friday, June 27, 2008

Scientists say Martian soil could support life

Scientists say Martian soil could support life: Scientific American: "LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - 'Flabbergasted' NASA scientists said on Thursday that first analysis of Martian soil appeared to contain the requirements to support life.

Scientists working on the Mars Phoenix Lander mission said preliminary analysis by the lander's instruments on a sample of soil scooped up by its robotic arm had shown it to be much more alkaline than expected.

'We basically have found what appears to be the requirements, the nutrients, to support life whether past present or future,' Sam Kounaves, the lead investigator for the wet chemistry laboratory, told journalists."