Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Max Planck Institute
Can this be it?...
According to Uwe Keller, Robotic Arm Camera lead scientist from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, what we see in this image of "Snow Queen" is in agreement with the notion that it may be ice, and the team suspect that they will see the same thing in the digging area.
On a e-mail received by spacEurope yesterday, our dear Barry Goldstein, Phoenix Project Manager, told us that the science team thinks indeed that this is ice and indicated that "once we complete the fix for the TEGA (shortly) we will be able to validate that it is water ice."
When will we have more answers about it? Goldstein answers:
"As I right this (Sunday), the downlink for yesterday should be coming. We should have touched the surface with the arm. If all goes well. Monday would be the earliest."
In fact, Phoenix already did touched the soil, More...for the first time, it reached out and touched the Martian ground on Saturday, May 31.
Phoenix's Robotic Arm scoop left an impression that resembles a footprint at a place provisionally named Yeti in the King of Hearts target zone, away from the area that eventually will be sampled for evaluation:
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
Oh...remember the great Live Q&A we had with Barry before the Phoenix Landing?...Take your time but get ready...
In Barry's words, our support is greatly appreciated at JPL, and I'll add, let's make them appreciate it even more...what do you say?
Things are really moving in a really special and interesting path there, at the martian arctic...