Phoenix has Found Something More Compelling than Water: President Bush Informed

The Mars vista as seen by Phoenix (NASA/JPL/UA)
The Mars vista as seen by Phoenix (NASA/JPL/UA)

On Thursday, NASA held a press conference to announce that the recent TEGA experiment on board Phoenix had confirmed the presence of water in the Martian soil. Whist exciting, Phoenix scientists were expecting that result. However, behind the scenes, something else was being discussed and it had little to do with melting water…

Having just covered this story on the Universe Today, I can’t help but be intrigued. Apparently, an undisclosed Phoenix scientist has been in communication with Aviation Week concerning a “compelling” discovery on the Red Planet. What could this news be? Obviously it’s something important as NASA and the University of Arizona are going to great lengths to keep the details out of the public domain. Plus, Phoenix scientists have presented their preliminary findings to the Bush Administration’s Presidential Science Advisor. The report suggests that there has been an even more significant discovery from the robotic explorer, not only from the Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer (or “TEGA,” the instrument used to bake Martian samples) which confirmed the presence of water, but from the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) instrument. MECA has apparently found even more evidence for the “potential for life” on Mars. But this “evidence” will be the biggest discovery yet.

However, the Phoenix team need more time to analyse the complex data they’ve received and will wait till mid-August at the earliest to make a press release. Scientists are keen to point out that they have not discovered direct evidence for life on Mars (after all, Phoenix is not equipped to do this), but the indication is this new data will be even more profound than the discovery of water.

As if that wasn’t enough, it looks like they’ve had to take this news to the top. Advising the White House is a pretty big deal, so we’ll just have to wait and see what Phoenix has uncovered…

For more on this exciting development, see The White House is Briefed: Phoenix About to Announce “Potential For Life” on Mars.

123 thoughts on “Phoenix has Found Something More Compelling than Water: President Bush Informed”

  1. It’s obvious that the phoenix lander detected traces of the organic compounds. Frankly, it’s not a huge surpise either.

    I fully support additional tests/data from the probe and a peer review by the scientific community.

    My question is this: Why go to the president with unverified data? What is he going to do with it?! Do you think Bush is going to look it over and provide a scientific peer review? Not likely.

    This just sounds like NASA is trying to get a little political gain for this.

  2. It’s comforting to know that this important information is now in the capable hands of our idiot leader.

  3. but why on earth don´t they tell what it is?

    it´s the same with planes fumigating all over the world, planes without an id, don´t tell us what is that substance being poured in the planet?!!

  4. […after all, Phoenix is not equipped to do this…]

    This isn’t entirely accurate. The Phoenix lander includes both an optical and electron force microscope capable of viewing objects as small as a bacterium. Although life-detection is obviously not its primary purpose on Mars, it still has the capability to do so.

    My guess about its discovery is not biology-related, but rather mineralogy-related. I do think the Bush Administration would be the most disinterested administration in history over anything biological, but if substantial concentrations of gold, diamond, platinum, or other precious minerals or metals were discovered, I think the Bush administration would be very economically interested.

  5. An document that scientists have analyzed and confirmed is an “energy policy” used by an ancient alien civilization. The Bush administration is covering it up because it does not want American citizens to know that such things actually exist…

  6. “An document that scientists have analyzed and confirmed is an “energy policy” used by an ancient alien civilization. The Bush administration is covering it up because it does not want American citizens to know that such things actually exist…”

    I hope that was a joke.

  7. melting water? you mean they are melting water? woah earth can’t do that.. maybe martians found a way to melt water? woah! amazing!

    seriously I think they found Bush’s Better twin..

  8. Well, err, mr President, well you see… we ‘ve got some neighbors called planets, that is, these are big balls… ‘of fire?’ No mr President, like Earth but different… ehh and we found something on such a planet called Mars… ‘Hitler?’ well err no Mr President, something far more interesting… ‘Goldnuggets?’ well no.. that is… we found life. ‘Life’?’ Yes, mr President. ‘Let’s nuke’ em’ Well that is hard mr President…

  9. WOW!!! All you Bush haters are just so pathetic. I just love how one man has made you dems into the biggest whiners in the history of the USA. I think what they found was a Democrat’s balls since they seem to be lacking on Earth.

  10. I doubt they would hold back signs of life for religious reasons. Only a minority of religious people who normally freak out about everything would freak out about it. My guess is the Mormons would have a “divine revelation” which allows aliens to exist and the pope would find some secret scrolls in his basement or something.

    But I don’t think they found life, I’m guessing they found some rare metals or they discovered the soil is radioactive or unsuitable for life.

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  12. Having just covered this story on the Universe Today, I can’t help but be intrigued. Apparently, an undisclosed Phoenix scientist has been in communication with Aviation Week concerning a “compelling” discovery on the Red Planet. What could this news be? Obviously it’s something important as NASA and the University of Arizona are going to great lengths to keep the details out of the public domain. Plus, Phoenix scientists have presented their preliminary findings to the Bush Administration’s Presidential Science Advisor. The report suggests that there has been an even more significant discovery from the robotic explorer, not only from the Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer (or “TEGA,” the instrument used to bake Martian samples) which confirmed the presence of water, but from the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) instrument. MECA has apparently found even more evidence for the “potential for life” on Mars. But this “evidence” will be the biggest discovery yet.

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