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I've been a huge fan of the Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, ever since I got to meet Cornell University Professor Steven Squyres at one of 1105 GovInfo's Government Leadership Summits a few years ago. Squyres, who has gone on to write a interesting book about the rovers, led the team... and he, frankly, has an infectious energy that caused me to be interested in the program... and Mars. (See a collection of stories here... including a wonderful FCW video with Squyres.

So I have also been following the Mars Phoenix.

No doubt last week, you read that the Mars Phoenix is using the micro-blogging Web site Twitter. FCW reported it last Friday... and the Washington Post featured a front-page story in Saturday's Business section.

Twitter, for those of you who don't know, is a micro-blogging site. The site asks the question, "What are you doing?" and... people say what they are doing. Reading an interesting piece somewhere that you'd share with your friends? Twitter it. (The good folks who create the Plain English Guides have an excellent description of Twitter here... and you can follow me at twitter.com/cdorobek.)

Anyway, the real point here -- the Phoenix found what they believe is ice... and I read about it on Phoenix's Twitter post.


MarsPhoenix Are you ready to celebrate? Well, get ready: We have ICE!!!!! Yes, ICE, *WATER ICE* on Mars! w00t!!! Best day ever!!


Amazing! Remarkable!

You can follow the Phoenix at twitter.com/MarsPhoenix.

The Phoenix team also has a Phoenix Mars Lander blog... and you can join the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Facebook page.

Posted by Christopher J. Dorobek on Jun 19, 2008 at 12:17 PM


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