Phoenix’s Sense of Snow

The results are in: Mars has (or had) a favorable environment for life. Microbial life, sure, but life nonetheless. This is according to the results posted in this week’s edition of the journal Science, from the Phoenix Mars polar lander. The data indicates that the region around the lander has subsurface layers of perchlorate, a…

The Land of the Midnight Sun

  The sun dips toward the horizon only to arch away in this composite photo, taken over the course of 11 Martian days (or “sols”) by the Phoenix Mars Lander in July of 2008. Like the polar regions on Earth, the sun does not set for weeks during the summer season in the Martian far…