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The possibility of water and ice evidence on the Red Planet of Mars continues to grow

Researchers studying the Martian surface have found further evidence that the Red Planet once had flowing water, due to winding channels and gullies carved in the planet's surface.

Researchers are using images captured by the Mars Odyssey THEMIS VIS camera, Viking Orbiter cameras, and Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera to analyze images of select regions of Mars.

Specifically, researchers from the Planetary Science Institute of Arizona studied the Arabia Terra region, located in the northern hemisphere, and more than 100 areas in the Hellas Basin, which is in the southern hemisphere.

Tongue-shaped deposits similar to rock glaciers on Earth were found in 30 different images captured of the Lellas Basin, and it's possible the ice is still flowing in that section of Mars.  Furthermore, an in-depth analysis of the craters found channels ranging from around 3 to 7 feet across that were narrow and branched down the walls.

"If you look at all of these (features) individually, it's not necessarily strong evidence that there was ice and/or water flowing on the surface," lead researcher Daniel Berman from the Planetary Science Institute of Arizona said.  "But if you look at this suite of features you see throughout these regions, what you have is a story of the deposition of a fair quantity of ice most likely during this period of high obliquity, several million years ago, which has subsequently begun to melt and flow down the crater walls and across their floors."

There has been growing evidence of past water and water ice on the Red Planet, with researchers making numerous breakthroughs over the past 10 years.  The interest in Mars has continually grown as space nations begin to talk about numerous missions that could take place to the planet in the next 25 years. 

The likelihood of life on the planet has also increased lately, though there is still much research left to be done.



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Can we just go there already
By Insomniator on 2/10/2009 2:51:17 PM , Rating: 1
I'd love to see it happen in my life time (22 now) but I seriously doubt it. Space is way cooler in Star Trek.




RE: Can we just go there already
By Totally on 2/10/2009 3:27:21 PM , Rating: 3
Everything is cooler in Star Trek. It's a well known fact.


RE: Can we just go there already
By Dreifort on 2/10/2009 3:40:29 PM , Rating: 5
depends which Enterprise you were on.

Tribbles, not so cool...but this Enterprise believed in scantaly clad women...very cool.

Whoopie in a big hat, no so cool... but repeatedly saying "number 1" and "number 2" on the bridge...very cool.

A vulcan that resembles Obama, not so cool... but finding out that half-human half-klingons look like Teri Hatcher.. very cool.

An openingn theme song that reminds you of a TV show featuring Kevin Sorbo, not cool. not cool. But watching a 20 yr old Tommy Lee Jones (Tucker) experience a clothless T'Pol.... VERY cool.


RE: Can we just go there already
By UsernameX on 2/10/2009 4:06:16 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
An openingn theme song that reminds you of a TV show featuring Kevin Sorbo, not cool. not cool. But watching a 20 yr old Tommy Lee Jones (Tucker) experience a clothless T'Pol.... PRICELESS .


RE: Can we just go there already
By 9nails on 2/11/2009 1:12:27 AM , Rating: 2
My Enterprise would be Voyager! Kes, Seven of Nine, B'Elanna - there's enough eye candy right there to keep me from looking at the stars.

That is, if I couldn't be in the Q Continuum, naturally.


RE: Can we just go there already
By Amiga500 on 2/10/2009 3:29:14 PM , Rating: 1
Don't be so certain.

Where was the human race 50 years ago?

Our knowledge of physics has moved on leaps and bounds.

Give it another 50 and where will we be?

(Assuming we don't be stupid and kill the entire race!)


RE: Can we just go there already
By undesiredUsername on 2/10/2009 3:38:54 PM , Rating: 4
The human race 50 years ago thought that they would use fusion power 20 years later.


RE: Can we just go there already
By Amiga500 on 2/10/2009 4:00:24 PM , Rating: 1
We had yet to put a man into space 50 years ago...

We had just about discovered transistors...

Nuclear fission was in its infancy...

We have come quite a long way... some way short of where I think we should have came, but a long way nonetheless.


RE: Can we just go there already
By The0ne on 2/10/2009 6:12:22 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Flying cars by 2000, nope. Fusion? nope. Settling in space, nope. Hovercrafts for daily use, nope. There were a lot of things not accomplished but there are certainly a lot of things that were even if the dream were not met :)

50 years is a very short period of time for all these achievements and advancements imo.


By Seemonkeyscanfly on 2/10/2009 6:39:01 PM , Rating: 2
Flying cars... Yes, guy in California made one - really nice, there is a ton of videos on it. DMV and the place that gives out pilot licenses keep point their finger at the other department saying, not ours, it's theirs. So, you can not buy one because you can not license them, but we have them.
Hovercrafts used daily, yes... everyday between Britain and main land Europe.
Just thought I correct you on a couple of those items you listed...


RE: Can we just go there already
By plowak on 2/10/2009 3:47:27 PM , Rating: 3
"Our knowledge of physics..."? Yes, of course, we all have a rudimentary knowledge of string theory - or is it sheet theory now?
As for me, "Beam me up Scotty!"


RE: Can we just go there already
By Amiga500 on 2/10/2009 4:01:13 PM , Rating: 1
Isn't that my point?

Who knows what we will discover tomorrow?


RE: Can we just go there already
By chmilz on 2/10/09, Rating: -1
RE: Can we just go there already
By The0ne on 2/10/2009 6:14:34 PM , Rating: 3
Or type everything in one long paragraph. Worst yet, like this, wHaTz Is WrOnG wItH yOu...just so gay :D


RE: Can we just go there already
By GeorgeH on 2/10/2009 4:15:26 PM , Rating: 2
I think the point was that we have made almost no major and verifiable progress in theoretical physics in the past few decades. Advances have been made, but mostly in refining established theory - our overall understanding of the universe has remained essentially static.


RE: Can we just go there already
By blaktron on 2/10/2009 5:37:46 PM , Rating: 2
This could not be further from the truth. Please read some theoretical physics and tell me that we haven't made any verifiable progress. Ever heard of a Quantum computer? Or the LHC? Common, don't just say stuff because you like to type...


RE: Can we just go there already
By taber on 2/10/2009 7:02:56 PM , Rating: 2
I've heard of the quantum computer and LHC, but neither has impacted my life yet. I think the point is you don't see anything progressing that fast these days. Around a decade after the first nuclear bomb they were already utilizing it for power. Manned space flight to walking on the moon was around a decade too.

I think the closest thing to that in the last couple decades was the progression of internet and computer. I have no idea what the next big thing will be, but I doubt there'll be a quantum computer sitting at my desk or LHC in my basement in the next decade.


RE: Can we just go there already
By SlyNine on 2/10/2009 7:40:42 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if micro blackholes would interfere with your quantum computer.

Particle accelerator warning. Please keep this 50ft away from all quantum devices.


RE: Can we just go there already
By Senju on 2/11/2009 11:09:19 PM , Rating: 2
The progression of the computer is a big thing. This year we will be able to buy a "TRUE" 3D monitor and play TRUE 3D games and watch TRUE 3D movies! I was saving that tech for the future but now we have it today! :D


RE: Can we just go there already
By GeorgeH on 2/10/2009 8:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
Neither the LHC nor quantum compting rely on any physics whose basic principles weren't around in the 60's and 70's. Post QED, not much progress has been made in major and verifiable theory.


RE: Can we just go there already
By sweetsauce on 2/11/2009 11:32:50 AM , Rating: 2
Hard to make any progress in physics when they choose to ignore the existence of an aether to this day. So basic.

http://www.aspden.org/


RE: Can we just go there already
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 2/10/2009 6:41:53 PM , Rating: 2
Your silly, everyone knows the world ends in December 2012, I forget the day.... That does not leave you much time....


RE: Can we just go there already
By Klober on 2/11/2009 8:13:21 AM , Rating: 2
12/21/12 is the commonly accepted date. No surprise I can remember the date after seeing it in that format. :P


RE: Can we just go there already
By MBlueD on 2/11/2009 9:33:15 AM , Rating: 2
12/20/12 is going to be a very exciting day.


RE: Can we just go there already
By Noya on 2/11/2009 6:47:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Don't be so certain. Where was the human race 50 years ago? Our knowledge of physics has moved on leaps and bounds. Give it another 50 and where will we be? (Assuming we don't be stupid and kill the entire race!)


Yes, but to me (I'm 25) it seems as if REAL possible progress is hampered by political, religious and environmental BS.

Just think if the USA had went all out with nuclear power, stem cell research and twenty other BIG things that have that possibility to make a huge difference in the world.

Just imagine if the Nazi's won WWII...I think the remaining human race would be much more technologically advanced.


just further proof
By Dreifort on 2/10/09, Rating: 0
RE: just further proof
By GeorgeH on 2/10/2009 5:13:23 PM , Rating: 2
Niet. Revisionist Martian history FTL.

The truth is that when the Martians discovered global warming, they committed ritual suicide en-masse out of the shame they felt for violating Martinka, the matriarchal deity symbolic of creation and de-facto "mother" of Mars.

The "space weapons" weren't launched to destroy fleeing colonists, but to lite the enormous funeral pyres that would forever erase the "sinful abomination" that was Martian civilization.

The ensuing planet wide inferno was responsible for the eventual destruction of the Martian atmosphere, not some imaginary flying saucers.

Get your facts straight. ;)


RE: just further proof
By The0ne on 2/10/2009 6:21:36 PM , Rating: 3
I don't know. I think God had a good laugh when Mars went dead due to pollution on Mars. After a few billion years he got bore and started things here in 7 days/nights in the hopes he could have a better laugh this time around. Seeing as how his 100th example is Mars and IS just right there besides our Earth, it's has to be God awful funny.


RE: just further proof
By 9nails on 2/11/2009 1:26:13 AM , Rating: 2
We would have found proof of life on Mars, if it wasn't for the fact that Martians ran out of fossil fuels, had to "go green" and made environmental friendly/recyclable products towards the end of their days.

Still, the funniest newspaper cartoon of Mars that I've seen is the one of two aliens peeping over a rock looking at the rover Spirit. The one asks the other, "What is that thing?" To which the second alien replies, "I don't know, but it seems only interested in rocks."


RE: just further proof
By SpaceJumper on 2/11/2009 8:01:41 AM , Rating: 2
I have similar hypothesis. Human used to be on Mars. They destroyed the Mars atmosphere and took a great risk by going to the Earth. Viruses and Bacteria killed the majority of human population on Earth, and luckily some human have survived and this is what we are today. The history could start all over again except this time we have no other planet to go to.


Oh really
By MrHanson on 2/11/2009 9:30:19 AM , Rating: 2
Wow this can only meen one thing. It's funding season again. Also it sounds like NASA is banking on the idea that people are gullible enough to believe that if you just add water, you automatically get life.




RE: Oh really
By Kwestyuns on 2/11/2009 9:53:39 AM , Rating: 2
That's pretty much true.


déjà vu
By unrated on 2/11/2009 2:07:48 PM , Rating: 2
Does anybody else feel like they've heard this before? Images showing channels and gullies that were probably created by water ... haven't we seen those years ago?




RE: déjà vu
By geddarkstorm on 2/11/2009 5:18:17 PM , Rating: 2
I think H.G. Wells certainly knew of these theories, based on the similar observations too!


Fusion power and hover cars?
By jesman0 on 2/11/2009 3:29:31 PM , Rating: 2
We don't have all those wonderful things yet because Everquest and then WoW were invented.




go now before it's too late
By RoberTx on 2/12/2009 2:53:18 AM , Rating: 2
We should go to Mars now. When we get there we should kill any life we find before it kills us. We've all seen the movies, we now it must be done.




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