Sara Hammond, a spokeswoman for the Phoenix Mars Lander mission, says a hacker took over the mission's public Web site during the night and changed its lead news story. The site which is hosted by the University of Arizona was taken offline while administrators worked to rectify the problem.
In the mean time, Scientists are excited about the possibility that Phoenix's thrusters may have uncovered ice near the surface of the planet during touchdown. "We were worried that it may be 30, 40, 50 centimeters deep, which would be a lot of work. Now we are fairly certain that we can easily get down to the ice table," said Peter Smith, a University of Arizona scientist and chief project investigator. CNN.