Results From the Mars Phoenix Mission for Mars Habitability and Comparisons to Mars-Like Places on Earth

Presenter: Christopher McKay, NASA Ames Research Center
When: November 3, 2009 2:30PM PST

Phoenix investigated soil and ice in the martian polar regions. The results of this mission and a comparison with Mars-like sites on Earth provide a basis for considering the limits of life and the possibility of life on Mars in the recent or distant past. Mars-like sites on Earth include arid deserts and the polar regions. Studies of the dry permafrost in Antarctica suggests that the Phoenix site may have been habitable as recently as 5 Myr ago.

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