posted on Mar, 13 2008 @ 03:38 AM
No time to read all the thread at the mo, so I don't know if this has been suggested yet.
What if... Instead of Mars having been a moon of a larger now-destroyed planet, how about combining the masses of Mars and the asteroid belt.
What I'm getting at is... Perhaps the asteroid belt is the matter that was ejected from Mars AFTER something collided with it. The net effect would
be that Mars would lose enough mass to be unable to hold an atmosphere any longer. Over time it would recover it's spherical shape, albeit in a much
reduced size. The change in mass would probably also mean a change in orbit distance around the sun, as it came back to some sort of orbital
End result would be a smaller planet and a debris field we now call the asteroid belt.
The obvious implication from this is... If Mars was bigger and more massive, would it then have had an atmosphere, and possibly life... perhaps even
an advanced civilization?.... And what was the disaster that destroyed a planet's life-bearing potential and civilization?
Just a thought