Saturday, June 28, 2008

Mars Soil Fit to 'Support Life'

Researchers studying data from NASA's Phoenix Mars lander found soil near the North Pole with the "requirements, the nutrients, to support life whether past, present or future," reports the NY Times.

The soil was described as "alkaline, though not strongly alkaline" (good for growing asparagus), and resembled soil you might find in Antarctica.

Tests aboard the Phoenix lander also found water vapor present in the soil.

Scientists still can not say whether or not life existed, or exists on Mars. But your grandkids could be buying sacks of authentic Mars soil to grow vegetables in their back yard.

(Artist concept courtesy NASA)

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