posted on Jan, 17 2004 @ 09:03 PM
Few words on the Magic Carpet area...
First, I think the lil nicknames some scientist give to stuff is really silly. Though i'm the minority on this. Most my scientific colleages think
they are amusing.
Also it wouldn't be liquid water. At best it would be a really mineral dense brine. So water and lots of minerals.
I still stand behind my guess of it being metalic powder and not wet at all. Almost all of my time in research I worked with fine metalic powder and
that is exactly what it looked like. On top of just that, the rocks there all look to be metamorphic and not erroded by water.
I'd be really happy to learn it was water, however, i really doubt it.
The rover, spirit couldn't tell if there was life there or not. It has no equipment to detect microbial life. You could point every camera and
instrument on the thing at a heaping pile of bacterea and never know it. (I think, need to confirm the magnification on its microcamera)
And before anyone ask, the reason they can't drive near it is two fold. 1) the rover could get stuck in deeper sand/mud and 2) driving by remote that
close to the lander risk bumping into eachother and getting locked together and stuck. Hooking a wheel under one of those petals would be pretty
Also of note is that the soil is sticking to the wheels of the rover. I'm gonna look into what the wheel are made of but this could tell us more.