Quote from the Phoenix website:
"...Spiky Probe on NASA Mars Lander Raises Vapor Quandary
09.04.08. -- A fork-like conductivity probe has sensed humidity rising and falling beside Phoenix, but when stuck into the ground, its measurements so far indicate soil that is thoroughly and perplexingly dry..."
While thinking at this instrument on the arm of the Lander, I thought to carry out a simple test: will my tap water conduct electricity?
Yes of course! It's also dangerous in some cases when using electric appliances in the bathroom!!!
BUT... will it present the same propriety (conduct electricity) once frozen as ice... as on mars?
Well, I took my multimeter, opened my refrigerator and put the test leads on the ice directly.
Well with much of my surprise, it presented an OPEN CIRCUIT!!!
NO MEASURABLE RESITANCE on the MEGAOHM RANGE!
So I wonder:
What the he*k this experiment on mars for?
ICE WON'T CONDUCT ELECTRICITY AT THOSE TEMPERATURES (-60°C ?) if at -12°C can be a GOOD INSULATOR!!!
:shock: :roll: :lol: