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Mars Radar Opens a New Dimension in Planet Exploration

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posted on Apr, 18 2008 @ 12:35 AM
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A radar instrument co-sponsored by NASA on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter has looked beneath the surface of Mars and opened up a new dimension for planetary exploration.

The technique's success is prompting scientists to think of other places in the solar system where they would like to use radar sounders. The radar sounder on Mars Express is the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Imaging, or MARSIS. It was built to map the distribution of liquid and frozen water in upper portions of the planet's crust.




posted on Apr, 18 2008 @ 12:37 AM
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forgot the link:

www.jpl.nasa.gov...



Neat... now if we could just scan the really good areas



posted on Apr, 18 2008 @ 09:39 AM
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The fact that NASA is involved deflates me. If they've put money into this, they will also be having a say in things including what can be told to the public. As great as this technology could be, I'm not going to hold my breath for anything earth shattering.

I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

IRM



posted on Apr, 18 2008 @ 12:45 PM
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I totally agree with you... with NASA at the helm, we will get to see nothing from it.. but damn.. it can see down into mars 3kms! that would be handy to find...things...




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