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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) Originally from: baalke@jpl.nasa.gov Original Subject: UA Instrument Aboard Mars Odyssey Detects Hydrogen
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 2, 2002
      Forwarded by: fwestra@... (Frits Westra)
      Originally from: baalke@...
      Original Subject: UA Instrument Aboard Mars Odyssey Detects Hydrogen At Mars' South Pole
      Original Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2002 12:01:57 -0800 (PST)

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      From University of Arizona News Services, 520-621-1877
      March 1, 2002

      The first images and science results from NASA's Mars Odyssey were unveiled
      today during a press conference held at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
      Pasadena, CA.

      Odyssey is carrying the Gamma Ray Spectrometer (GRS), built under the
      direction of Professor William V. Boynton at the University of Arizona Lunar
      and Planetary Laboratory.

      The GRS is a suite of three instruments: the Gamma Subsystem, built by the
      UA; the Neutron Spectrometer, built by Los Alamos National Laboratory; and
      the High Energy Neutron Detector, provided by the Russian Aviation and Space
      Agency, Moscow.

      NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft began its science mapping mission on Feb. 19,

      After only 10 days, the GRS instruments have made observations of
      significant quantities of hydrogen within the surface of Mars. The three
      instruments within the GRS suite have all shown a substantial region located
      in the southern polar region is very strongly indurated with hydrogen. The
      hydrogen content is most likely due to substantial quantities of ice,
      although the amount of ice cannot be quantified yet.

      "If this is confirmed, this is fantastic. There is the equivalent of at
      least several percent water south of 60 degrees latitude", said William
      Boynton, principal investigator of the GRS instrument suite.

      For many years scientists have speculated that near-surface water may exist
      on Mars. The Gamma Ray Spectrometer instruments have made the first direct
      measurements that confirm there are significant amounts of hydrogen just
      beneath the surface of Mars.

      For additional information please go to:

      Contact Information
      William V. Boynton
      520-621-6941 wboynton@...

      Heather Enos
      520-621-8279 heather@...

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