Too much dirt
The 1 cubic meter (35 cubic feet) of soil was taken from about 1 inch below the surface of Mars and had a pH, or alkaline, level of 8 or 9. “We were all flabbergasted at the data we got back,” Kounaves said.
The correct measure is approximately 1 cubic centimeter. A cubic meter is nearly as large as the craft itself.
Are you serious? 1 cubic meter of soil? Exactly how big is this Martian lander anyway? This has to be an error. You’d almost need a grading permit to move that much soil around here.
A number of readers called this to our attention. We corrected: GBU Editor