NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Collects Scientific Treasure.
"We are awash in chemistry data," said Michael Hecht of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, lead scientist for the Microscopy, Electrochemistry and Conductivity Analyzer, or MECA, instrument on Phoenix. "We're trying to understand what is the chemistry of wet soil on Mars, what's dissolved in it, how acidic or alkaline it is. With the results we received from Phoenix yesterday, we could begin to tell what aspects of the soil might support life."
We should have been here twenty years ago. It's a shame the human species is currently devoted to spending all of it's time and resources killing itself.
NASA's budget allowance since 2003 has been 93.5 billion.
The War in Iraq is rapidly reaching the overwhelming toll of 550 billion.
So stick another fucking magnet on your gas-guzzling SUV and enjoy your sad frozen TV dinners in the faint glow of American Idol auditions.
To sum it up with the gentle yet assuring words of Captain Picard: