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Re: Surprise! Water On Mars

From: Paul Scott Anderson <paulscottanderson.nul>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 11:22:33 -0700
Archived: Sun, 03 Aug 2008 06:11:39 -0400
Subject: Re: Surprise! Water On Mars

>From: Eleanor White <ewraven1.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 20:27:35 -0400
>Subject: Re: Surprise! Water On Mars

>And it cost how much to find that out, while consistently
>omitting life detection equipment or landing at Cydonia?

>Jail time for these fraud artists, I say!

The Mars missions are following a careful step-by-step plan
beginning with "follow the water" and then going from there. The
places that are most likely to be habitable, past or present,
_need_ to be identified _first_, before sending the more advanced

The Mars Science Laboratory _is_ designed to look for traces of
such life, scheduled to be launched next year. Do you even know
about it? To me, this is the proper scientific method to follow.

A lot has changed since Viking, as there is now a lot of talk
among the various NASA, ESA, etc. teams about the possibility of
past or even still present life on Mars.

The two newest published papers just announced last week provide
probably the best evidence yet that Mars once had long-lasting
lakes and rivers. As well as the evidence from both Spirit and
Opportunity for previous liquid water. Viking was a sort of 'shot
in the dark' but now we have much more detailed information to go
on for targeting subsequent life-detection missions to certain

Phoenix is looking for organic molecules in the ice/soil and the
two powerful microscopes might be able to see things like larger
bacteria if they should be so lucky. Its unexpected finding of
the benign alkaline soil has already caused renewed debate about
the previous Viking findings of no life(?) and highly oxidizing
soil - still just a theory.

As for Cydonia, I still have a nagging curiosity although the
much higher resolution images from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter,
down to a few centimetres, show a decidely natural looking
terrain. Disappointing, sure, but we must be willing to go where
the evidence leads.


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