Phoenix lander samples a little Martian dirt

WASHINGTON – The Phoenix lander has begun taking samples of its icy Martian surroundings in its search for extraterrestrial water, NASA reported early Monday.

The lander, which touched down last Sunday, will collected samples and analyze them over the next 90 days for the chemical signatures of life. In addition to its robotic sampling arm and test chambers, the lander will monitor the Martian weather with a Canadian supplied station.

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Source : Reuters

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