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Originally posted by LoneWeasel
Isn't it interesting also how so many people see dark substances and immediately jump to crude oil... reflects both a desperation for the stuff here on Earth... as if there aren't any other dark substances to be found in the solar system....
- Your research derives from a premise inverse to the one adopted on Earth...it deals with searching oil to find life and no to dizimate it...
- Yes, effectively. It is my oppinion that we must invest more and more on alternatives to the use of oil as fuel. The search for oil on Mars must be done, exclusively, on a astrobiological and scientific point of view.
- What might the consequences be, for a future exploration of Mars, if studies provide proofs of the existence of oil reservoirs?
- If such happens then the key word will be “caution”. As in other space missions “caution is fundamental, because there will always be a contamination problem. Every mission being planned will need to be very well thought.
- Any promising results so far? Are there specific locations as serious candidates?
- It is a very promising hypothesis because a deep study of the planet was undertaken.
The candidate locations are the areas where we can find dark streaks and dark features.
The choice of one of them as a target for a potential mission depends on the technical means available and the terrain caractheristiques.
Originally posted by ziggystar60
Seems that some scientists also "jump to the conclusion" that the dark streaks on Mars can be oil. Perhaps you missed my post where I quoted Susana Direito from the Portuguese Astrobiology Working Group.
Originally posted by mikesingh
Too much time on ATS, what?? There's a whole world outside to explore!!
A Mars prototype drill was evaluated at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., before shipment to Haughton Crater on Devon Island in Canada's Nunavut Territory north of Ontario and Quebec. The device will bore into permafrost and broken rock in the crater in the Canadian arctic from July 14 to July 29, 2006, with a final demonstration planned for July 27 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CDT. NASA scientists say that this may be the first time automation will have completely controlled a drill rig. During the field exercise, the researchers' main objective is to evaluate the artificial intelligence software that will control the rig, not other aspects of Mars drilling such as sample analysis and robotics design.
Washington, DC | President Bush, speaking at a hastily-called press conference at the Roy Rogers Rotunda in the Gene Autrey Wing of the White House, announced a project to send a spacecraft to Mars to bring back oil for this planet.
The announcement came in apparent reaction to the wild speculation by oil companies and the media outlets they control that just mentioning the lifting of the Presidential timeout on offshore and ANWR drilling has reduced the price of oil on the open market by twelve bucks a barrel.
According to President Bush, the project is scheduled for completion in "November, maybe as late as December, 2112."
"This plan might be far off and flaky," continued the President, "but if these speculators reacted positively to news I lifted a Presidential ban on drilling that has no effect whatsoever on the opening of any future oil drilling in this country or anywhere else, they might react to anything... By the way, this is all off the record."
MARS - On a hot tip from Michael Jackson, Vice President Dick Cheney has become convinced that bathing in Martian Oil will restore his youth.
"The Iraqi oil I am currently bathing in is fine, but I think Martian oil could help soften my arteries," said Cheney at a private luncheon for the press.
When asked about the possibility of drilling for oil on Mars, Dr. Geoffrey Briggs, director, Center for Mars Exploration at the NASA Ames Center, told the Wired Press that "NASA is looking at ways to drill on Mars only to look for new forms of life," wink, wink.
When asked why he was winking, he replied, "I have a stye."
Briggs went on to say NASA has been working with Halliburton, Shell, Baker-Hughes and the Los Alamos National Laboratory to identify drilling technologies that might work on Mars.
Though the project is not set to start until 2007, Halliburton has already requested $537 million a week in meals for the ten astronaut crew.
Originally posted by LoneWeasel
The MGS page here describes 8km high dust towers... just beyond comprehension for my feeble mind...
Originally posted by BlackProjects
Reason I think it isn't oil...Bush and Cheney would be on the next flight to stake out their claim to Martian wells..
Originally posted by zorgon
Well try this for 'comprehension' IF they say the atmosphere is really as thin as they claim... where do these 8km high dust devils materialize from?
Originally posted by president
My only question is, "If there is definately carbon dioxide on mars, (frozen or not) why can't there be plant life?"
Originally posted by president
I looked up those lichen and they sound like they would indeed thrive in such an environment.
It is estimated that between 70% and 80% of the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by marine plants . Nearly all marine plants are single celled, photosynthetic algae. Yup, that's right, good ol' scum on the pond…green gak…..slip slimein' away. Even marine seaweed is many times colonial algae. They are a bunch of single cells trying to look like a big plant (see seaweed photo), but they are really individuals.
We need marine algae a whole lot more than they need us. Think about it….70% to 80% of all the oxygen we breathe comes from algae! Without them we would really be sucking wind, but not for long! At this point you may be saying, "Yo! What about the trees and other land plants?" Well, trees and other land plants are very important, no doubt about it. But for pure survival, we couldn't make it without algae.
Cyanobacteria: a group of bacteria that are able to photosynthesise and contain the pigment chlorophyll. They used to be known as 'blue-green algae'. They are thought to have been the first organisms to produce oxygen; fossil cyanobacteria have been found in 3000 million year old rocks. As they are responsible for the oxygen in the atmosphere they have played an essential role in influencing the course of evolution on this planet.