Originally posted by shavixmir
I wouldn't be surprised if it's a massive cupboard stored with missing socks.
Well, okay... that would surprise me a bit.
I think, however, they've either found oil or living micro-organisms in the water.
The article I read on this subject said it was definitely not proof of life past or present which kind of rules out your two options.
Also, I believe the only instrument capable of detecting life on that space craft is the microscope and only then if the living thing happens to pop by and wave at it. What the experiments on the Phoenix are capable of doing is determining if the conditions on Mars do, or did, provide the right kind of chemistry for life to be able to evolve.
However, that doesn´t sound like it needs a chat with the President because they already pretty much thought that asparagus might grow there rather nicely. Perhaps they proved that and can now add artichoke as another likely crop.