Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Mars may have subterranean frozen sea

"A frozen sea surviving as blocks of pack ice may lie just beneath the surface of Mars, New Scientist magazine says, citing observations from Europe's Mars Express spacecraft.

"Images from the high-resolution stereo camera on Mars Express show off structures called plates that look similar to ice formations near earth's poles.

"These plates could indicate the first discovery of a large body of water beyond Mars' polar ice caps, the review says."

I think we've reached the rather surreal point where contemplating a Mars without some form of life has become borderline silly.


W.M. Bear said...

I think NASA KNOWS there's life on Mars. Since it's pretty clearly not intelligent life (or here either, for the most part!)the reason for their public sly-boots routine is not clear to me at all. I subscribe to Mac's idea that the JPL/CalTech wing is dominated by geologists with a geological agenda but still....

Mac said...

The "inter-office politics" coverup is probably the best explanation. It's certainly the simplest. Then again, the simplest explanation isn't necessarily the correct one.