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Phoenix Finds A Salt Compound On Mars

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Phoenix Finds A Salt Compound On Mars

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Phoenix Finds A Salt Compound On Mars

Phoenix Finds A Salt Compound On Mars

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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has detected a salt found on Earth on the surface of Mars. The salt, called perchlorate, is used in fireworks and rocket fuel. The news follows the recent confirmation of the presence of water on the Red Planet.

Peter Smith, principal investigator on NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission, explains what perchlorate's presence means for the possibility of life on Mars.