2 June 2008

Holy Cow and Snow Queen

Posted by Ryan Anderson

It looks like there is mounting evidence that two flat, light-toned deposits beneath the Phoenix lander, known as “Holy Cow” and “Snow Queen” are pieces of ice exposed when the rockets blew away a thin coating of soil. As always, Emily has all the gory details. I don’t have much to add other than to reiterate how amazingly awesome it would be for there to be ice that close to the surface, and how much I hope the mass spectrometer works. For now, I’ll leave you with this tantalizing image of “Snow Queen”. I don’t know about you, but that looks an awful lot like ice to me…