NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander quenched a longtime scientific thirst yesterday when it detected water in a soil sample—the first time liquid water has been touched or "tasted" on another planet.
The craft obtained water by heating an icy soil sample in its "bake and sniff" oven, called the Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer. "TEGA" identifies substances by heating them and analyzing the resulting vapors.
"We have water," said William Boynton of the University of Arizona, lead scientist for TEGA.
"We've now finally touched it and tasted it—and from my standpoint it tastes very fine."
So this brings out the burning question, will there be some sort of cellular life on Mars? Very cool discovery though.