Mars Attacks!

Ice on MarsWell, not quite. Or not yet anyway. Just an update on the news from the Mars lander Phoenix. This image of disappearing lumps (in the lower shaded area of the trench) has convinced NASA scientists that they are looking at, specifically, water ice near the surface of Mars – there’s a much larger animated comparison here. Tom Pike, of Imperial College London, on the eureka moment. And here’s an animation of the view north from Phoenix created from images taken by the Surface Stereo Imager on Sol 14 (June 8, 2008). Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Texas A&M University/NASA Ames.