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Fri, Jun 20, 2008

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.20.08)

Aero-News: Quote of the Day

ANN's Quote of the Day usually derives from current news, though we reserve the right to pick quotes out of history that have a bearing on the day's events and issues.

Sometimes, you'll find them timely and in keeping with the content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be thought-provoking.

Reader suggestions and comments are welcome... and if particularly intriguing, timely, or poignant, may themselves become future Quotes of the Day.

Let us hear from you, folks!

Aero-News Quote of the Day

"It must be ice. These little clumps completely disappearing over the course of a few days, that is perfect evidence that it's ice. There had been some question whether the bright material was salt. Salt can't do that."

Source: Peter Smith of the University of Arizona, Tucson, Principal Investigator for the Mars Phoenix Lander mission. Dice-size crumbs of bright material have vanished from inside a trench where they were photographed by Phoenix four days ago... convincing scientists that the material was frozen water that vaporized after digging exposed it.

FMI: www.nasa.gov/phoenix, http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu

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