Not to be a downer but my reaction to the recent Nasa announcement about liquid water on Mars was a bit different (although to be clear, it is an exciting discovery). A more suspicious individual might wonder about funding pressure and the timing of this announcement with the theatrical release of a spectacular movie, the Martian, but we won't go there.
I remember a lecture from a University of Michigan professor I attended 5 years ago
about how one of the rover pictures almost certainly captured a briny
flow on the surface of Mars. I also remember all kinds of announcements
about water on Mars growing up. So, I turned to Wikipedia and was not
Chronology of discoveries of water on Mars
Turns out someone has actually cataloged this! It is an interesting read for all of you space nerds out there.
- ▼ 2015 (9)
- ► 2014 (28)
- ► 2013 (24)