The news from the Phoenix Mars Landing just keeps getting more amazing. First came the discovery that the red planet may once have featured lakes and rainfall.
Now it appears that Martian soil appears capable of supporting life.
“We basically have found what appears to be the requirements, the nutrients, to support life whether past present or future,” Sam Kounaves, the lead investigator for the wet chemistry laboratory on Phoenix, told journalists.
“It is the type of soil you would probably have in your back yard, you know, alkaline. You might be able to grow asparagus in it really well. … It is very exciting for us.”
I wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised to learn one day that the first colonist on Mars will probably be those pot-growers about to be put out of business in Mendocino County.