Category Archives: Phoenix Lander

On Martian Snow

As reported in the Washington Post, NASA’s Phoenix Lander (pictured above) has detected snowfall on Mars. Using LASER based scanning technology, the remote probe was able to spot flakes in the atmosphere and track their descent for more than a mile. However, Phoenix was not able to discern whether the snow actually landed on the surface of the planet. The idea, however, of snow-fall on Mars is a romantic and beautiful one, it just blossoms in my imagination.