First BBQ on Mars


As many of our geekier readers (that is, all of you) know, Nasa’s Phoenix Lander recently touched down on the polar ice cap of Mars. It’s equipped with a variety of instruments, including:

[A] small oven that will heat the scooped-up dirt and ice to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.

The purpose of the oven is to vaporize particles to look for minerals, etc that could indicate the presence of life in the past. But wait! Let’s say there happens to be a little bugger still alive down there, a bacteria or some such speck defying the odds. That dude gonna get fried, and he gonna get fried good. Meaning: the Phoenix lander could potentially be hosting the first interplanetary BBQ. Sadly, we won’t be there to sample the resulting single-celled burgers, but I bet they would have that rusty red crust that Mars is so famous for. Mmmm, iron oxide. Freshens the breath and strips all that pesky enamel right off the teeth!

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