New Mars Discoveries from Viking, 3 Decades Later


Photo by Flickr user NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center / Creative Commons licensed

A couple of months ago, I did a “This Day in Technology” piece for on the anniversary of Viking 2, and so I’ve been paying attention to Mars news.

This latter-day Viking discovery looks pretty cool:

Scientists repeated a key Viking experiment using perchlorate-enhanced soil from Chile’s Atacama Desert, which is considered one of the driest and most Mars-like places on Earth, and found telltale fingerprints of combusted organics — the same chemicals Viking scientists dismissed as contaminants from Earth.

Hope we go back soon, before these guys get all militant!

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