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I've seen the pictures from Mars. Clearly indicating that something is disappearing from the crate left after a second scoop by Phoenix. I don't wish to be a party pooper, but could it also have been the wind that removed the lumps in the crate? It is however fantastic if it really is ice. And it might well be just that.
Phoenix Mars Lander as well as knowledge about Mars itself depend on geodesy, in particular planetary geodesy. I will put together a piece on that shortly...
Geodesy is the science of determining the geometry, gravity field, and rotation of the Earth and their evolution in time. Traditionally, geodesy has been serving other sciences and has had many societal applications, including mapping. With the advent of satellite technology, geodesy itself developed into a science, making unique contributions to the study of the Earth system, its inherit dynamics, and its response to climate change, as well as a tool underpinning a wide variety of other remote sensing techniques. Geodesy is an important element in making all Earth observations interoperable, facilitating the combination of satellite observations with those gathered on ground.

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The European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) is called Galileo. Credit: ESA

Facilitated by Global Navigation Satellite Systems such as GPS, a wide and growing set of applications associated with positioning and navigation is opening up.
Geodesy is the science of determining the earth's geometry, kinematics, gravity field, and their evolution in time.