The Phoenix Mars mission is reporting that they've found conclusive evidence for water on Mars.
Their evidence? Watching the alleged chunks of ice disappear over four days.
"It must be ice," said Phoenix Principal Investigator Peter Smith of the University of Arizona, Tucson. "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."Um, seriously? That's it? There's nothing else on there that could characterize water a little more spectroscopically? They went and equipped the darn thing with a twitter account but couldn't include an IR spectrometer?
Who's running this thing, anyways? Sounds like they could use a chemist or two.