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Title: Water on Mars
Post by: Mr Nice Guy on Tue 29 September, 2015 - 08:11 am
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Researchers say discovery of stains from summertime flows down cliffs and crater walls increases chance of finding life on red planet

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Nasa reveals images of water on Mars


Liquid water runs down canyons and crater walls over the summer months on Mars, according to researchers who say the discovery raises the chances of being home to some form of life.

The trickles leave long, dark stains on the Martian terrain that can reach hundreds of metres downhill in the warmer months, before they dry up in the autumn as surface temperatures drop.

Images taken from the Mars orbit show cliffs, and the steep walls of valleys and craters, streaked with summertime flows that in the most active spots combine to form intricate fan-like patterns.

Scientists are unsure where the water comes from, but it may rise up from underground ice or salty aquifers, or condense out of the thin Martian atmosphere.

“There is liquid water today on the surface of Mars,” Michael Meyer, the lead scientist on Nasa’s Mars exploration programme, told the Guardian. “Because of this, we suspect that it is at least possible to have a habitable environment today.”

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/sep/28/nasa-scientists-find-evidence-flowing-water-mars (http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/sep/28/nasa-scientists-find-evidence-flowing-water-mars)



Title: Re: Water on Mars
Post by: Collie on Tue 29 September, 2015 - 11:19 am
 :ny1:  let's go party on Mars


Title: Re: Water on Mars
Post by: Mr Nice Guy on Tue 29 September, 2015 - 07:15 pm
(http://i.imgur.com/YZXObbN.jpg)


Title: Re: Water on Mars
Post by: Brain on Tue 29 September, 2015 - 08:31 pm
maybe Percival Lowell was right after all, and this is all thats left of the canals??   :thinking:


Title: Re: Water on Mars
Post by: Red on Tue 29 September, 2015 - 09:00 pm

I had to google him...  :embarrassed:


Title: Re: Water on Mars
Post by: Mr Nice Guy on Wed 30 September, 2015 - 09:27 pm
(http://i.imgur.com/ZNBCPS5.jpg)


Title: Re: Water on Mars
Post by: Mr Nice Guy on Wed 30 September, 2015 - 10:14 pm
(http://i.imgur.com/SBRP6O0.png)


Bloody maoris in space now  :facepalm:


A crater on Mars


Title: Re: Water on Mars
Post by: Brain on Fri 2 October, 2015 - 12:05 am
Named for the place on the west coast and now with the water on Mars it's looking more like Kumara everyday, all they
need now is a pub and a few dozen deadbeats on the dole.  :hehehe:


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