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LouPhinFan
06-20-2008, 12:36 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/space/06/20/phoenix.mars.ap/index.html



Crumbs of bright material initially photographed in the trench later vanished, meaning they must have been frozen water that vaporized after being exposed, Peter Smith of the University of Arizona, Tucson, said in a statement.
"These little clumps completely disappearing over the course of a few days, that is perfect evidence that it's ice," Smith said.
"There had been some question whether the bright material was salt. Salt can't do that."

It really makes me wonder what ancient Mars was like. Salty brine-like oceans all over the planet?

fatkirstyalley
06-20-2008, 03:25 PM
Ice = water = life. interesting

Jimi
06-20-2008, 04:36 PM
Ice = water = life. interesting

Water=life for us...theres no saying what some "alien" would need to live.

Dolphan7
06-20-2008, 07:21 PM
Water isn't life. Water is required to sustain life, but it isn't life. This earth had water at the time of the so called "spark in the slime pond" which supposedly created the first form of life and evolved from there. Water was already present, but it needed amino acids and enzymes and things like that to produce a simple protein molecule, and that isn't even considered life.

Water is just one of the four classic elements found on earth - Air, Water, Fire and Earth (Dirt).

Tetragrammaton
06-21-2008, 12:37 PM
Very fascinating. Now I want an alien skeleton.