Monday, September 29, 2008

Get Out Your Skis - It Snowed Today!

On Mars.

Our spacecraft, which so often exceed their planned lifespans, did it again. The NASA Phoenix endeavour sent back the information that, “Mom! It’s snowing! We don’t have to go to school today!”

Well, not exactly in those words; scientists should be so animated. But they did equip the lander with skis just in case and this weekend, when things slow down at NASA, the little robot will be hitting the Martian slopes and then enjoying a little après-ski with whatever it can hit on.

I think the Lander-to-Earth transmitter will be turned off at that point.

From NASA's Phoenix spacecraft has discovered evidence of past water at its Martian landing site and spotted falling snow for the first time, scientists reported Monday. "It's a mystery; really kind of all up in the air," said William Boynton, a mission scientist.

I guess it does take a rocket scientist to figure out that falling snow is up in the air. again... The Phoenix recently detected snow falling from clouds more than two miles above its home. The snow disappeared before reaching the ground.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snowed up north of here Friday, 30 miles north of Québec City.

AND, as a side note, as of Dec. 15, 2008 a law goes into effect that all cars shall have four (4) snow tires.


October 05, 2008 4:23 PM  

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