I just found this video and thought I would share it.
A scientists discusses the importance of a human expedition to the red planet. There are many topics and features of the planet he spends time on,
although he spends most of the lecture discussing human interest on Mars.
Some of the things that stick out in my mind:
1 Discovery of frozen water on the surface: He reveals a new color photo of a frozen "lake" inside of a crater.
2 Scans for water beneath the surface: He discusses deep scans that show evidence for a great deal of underground ice on Mars as well.
3 Methane in the atmosphere: Scans of the Martian atmosphere reveal several large deposits of Methane, the reason this is so striking is 99.9%
of Earth's methane comes from life(microscopic, but still)!
He also shows and discusses some possibilities for exploration of Mars, and the geographic features of Mars that put Earth's wonders to shame
Mars has been a fascination of mine since I was a child. I even re-read H.G. Wells "War of the Worlds" awhile back. This comment is somewhat
off-topic, but I thought I'd put it in this post. Late last year I read an AP article about a local man named Brian Trease, a mechanical engineer,
involved in the Mars rover project. The second from last paragraph is a quote from this former Monroe County Michigan resident.
"We learn so much about the history of Mars, which helps us learn about the history of our planet," he said, "We continue to discover more water
presence and find out how LIFE EVOLVED THERE. That can help us learn how life evolved here."
He states that life has evolved on Mars as if it were already a given and that we are learning from it. A mis-statement? A mis-print? Maybe he let the
cat out of the bag and has admitted that we know there is life there and have been studying it for a while now.
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