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Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
Mysterious tracks crop up all the time in geology on this planet and the same forces are at work elsewhere.
Several images of this phenomenon are at Geology.com
Some of the tracks in these pics can hardly come from a vehicle, considering they start at a rocky precipice and end shortly downhill at another precipice. They do look a lot like the tracks left by falling rocks. Skiers should also be familiar with similar track patterns, when a snowball rolls down the slope a ways. I'm sure if you were to investigate that curved track on mars, you would find the rock that caused it sitting there at the end of the track.
Originally posted by Lee_K
However as far as we are aware there's no water or ice on the Moon.
Astrophysicists believe lunar ice could be hidden in the Moon's polar craters that are permanently shaded from the sun. NASA researchers analyzed data from a space probe sent to the Moon in 1998 that showed hydrogen on the moon is concentrated into craters in the Moon’s poles where temperatures are colder than minus 170 degrees Celsius.
Hydrogen, together with the oxygen that is abundant within moon rock, is a key element in making water.
Researchers say if ice is present in the craters then it could potentially provide a water source for the eventual establishment of a manned base on the Moon, sparking a possible platform for exploration into the further reaches of our solar system.
However, researchers say it might not even be water ice, but hydrogen present in the form of protons fired from the sun into the dusty lunar surface.
“This research applies a newly developed technique to data from the Lunar Prospector mission to show that hydrogen is actually concentrated into the permanently shaded polar craters,” said Dr. Vincent Eke at Durham University.
Originally posted by Exuberant1
What's worse is their tendency publish their geology-bound interpretations in journals which do not believe in or acknowledge martian biology (despite all evidence to the contrary); therefore, it is biased and one-sided, and hardly representative of truly critical peer review.
“These observations give the strongest evidence to date that water still flows occasionally on the surface of Mars,” said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, Washington.
Originally posted by Barla Von
Great thread Mike
Out of all the images, I think the evenly spaced objects are the pick of the bunch. If we could find even more of these it would certainly raise a few eyebrows.
Originally posted by Echtelion
Anyone with a powerful enough telescope can confirm, or infirm these things about the Moon. I mean somebody with one of these big telescopes for amateur astronomy that can looks at everything down to the smallest mound on the moon. Howe come these people are so silent about it?
The surface features of the plateau (Face) are relatively unimportant when all other these other things are considered.