Cool! So when do we start digging?
Follow the latest updates from NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander, which successfully landed yesterday near the Martian north pole, where it will dig for evidence of sub-surface water.
From the site’s picture gallery:
This image shows a polygonal pattern in the ground near NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander, similar in appearance to icy ground in the arctic regions of Earth.
Additional information from Bloomberg.com:
Now on the surface, the Phoenix must work quickly. Martian winter begins in three months. The sun will drop below the horizon, and a thick ice of water and carbon dioxide will coat the lander’s solar panels, ending its life.