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Scientist Discovers Plate Tectonics On Mars

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posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 07:06 PM
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I hope it exists... But that does not allay my fears that we are alone.

I am totally open to the idea of 'ET'. I just haven't personsally witnesed it.




posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 07:07 PM
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Curiosity landed near a 15-thousand-foot-tall mountain on Mars called "sharp's Peak". It's a mountain that scientists think may have substantial amounts of ice beneath its surface. The Rover will spend the next few months heading toward that mountain, conducting scientific studies along the way. It couldn't touch down right at the base of the Sharp, because its steep slopes presented a landing hazard.

But the suspicion that Sharp could be an ice-filled mountain is accompanied by another interesting fact.

The Rover landed near the Martian Equator. And just last year, NASA satellites, orbiting around Mars, made a stunning discovery in the region.

They found what appears to be liquid water melting from ice-covered hills at the planet's equatorial region.

This is stunning because -- as we mentioned -- Mars currently has a very thin atmosphere. Up until 2011, scientists thought that liquid water was not possible on the Martian surface today. But the new pictures are changing minds.

They seem so show streams of water flowing from the equatorial hills as the sun warms them -- much as happens in Antarctica here on Earth. It's now thought that if the Martian soil (or regolith, as it is more properly called) is highly salty, then briny liquid water could, indeed, exist for brief periods of time on the surface -- even under present-day Martian conditions.
Curiosity landed near a 15-thousand-foot-tall mountain on Mars called "sharp's Peak". It's a mountain that scientists think may have substantial amounts of ice beneath its surface. The Rover will spend the next few months heading toward that mountain, conducting scientific studies along the way. It couldn't touch down right at the base of the Sharp, because its steep slopes presented a landing hazard.

But the suspicion that Sharp could be an ice-filled mountain is accompanied by another interesting fact.

The Rover landed near the Martian Equator. And just last year, NASA satellites, orbiting around Mars, made a stunning discovery in the region.

They found what appears to be liquid water melting from ice-covered hills at the planet's equatorial region.

This is stunning because -- as we mentioned -- Mars currently has a very thin atmosphere. Up until 2011, scientists thought that liquid water was not possible on the Martian surface today. But the new pictures are changing minds.

They seem so show streams of water flowing from the equatorial hills as the sun warms them -- much as happens in Antarctica here on Earth. It's now thought that if the Martian soil (or regolith, as it is more properly called) is highly salty, then briny liquid water could, indeed, exist for brief periods of time on the surface -- even under present-day Martian conditions.



posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 07:10 PM
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Thank you... but i'm well aware of the aims of MSL.

You tried to make a point... but it missed me by... No offence, but I didn't understand.



posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 07:10 PM
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Originally posted by BagBing
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I hope it exists... But that does not allay my fears that we are alone.

I am totally open to the idea of 'ET'. I just haven't personsally witnesed it.


I personally have not either, but honestly I have read so many peoples stories that claim to have seen aliens and some have a lot of proof IMO. Still I am only going by this deep feeling I have always had, that there is life on all the solar system planets and many of the moons.



posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 07:13 PM
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Originally posted by Char-Lee

Originally posted by BagBing
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I hope it exists... But that does not allay my fears that we are alone.

I am totally open to the idea of 'ET'. I just haven't personsally witnesed it.


I personally have not either, but honestly I have read so many peoples stories that claim to have seen aliens and some have a lot of proof IMO. Still I am only going by this deep feeling I have always had, that there is life on all the solar system planets and many of the moons.


I have as many doubts as you...

My believe is simply based on fact. Some are ghood, some are bad.



posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 07:46 PM
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Originally posted by BagBing
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I hope it exists... But that does not allay my fears that we are alone.

I am totally open to the idea of 'ET'. I just haven't personsally witnesed it.


It shouldn't be a fear, it might just be that we are among the first in our solar system to experience intelligent life to this degree ... it doesn't mean we're the first in our universe ... I think the possibility of that is slim to none..

I think it's possible that mars MIGHT represent early life, what if we sprung life sooner because of where we are in relation to the sun?... it might represent ancient life long gone but that's the excitement of learning..

Either way... the universe is extremely huge, our solar system is not alone ... the number of suns, planets.. galaxies... is overwhelming.. it's nonsense to imagine we're alone when you really think about it... the only scary thing is that that communicating with our distant cousins might be beyond our lifetime...

As for how an advanced alien race might treat us .. that might be more cause for concern...
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posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 07:59 PM
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Do you think we'd be ready for alien life anyway? .. we're a planet that is debating whether or not we should treat people with health issues based on their income levels and employment status .. we're hardly, I think, beyond our local level of thinking... We could never, today, represent ourselves as "earth" .. we're merely a segregated set of fragments that can't agree.. .. I think that represents us as pre-teen in or infant in the cosmic scale.. .. ironically we're against a "one world government" .. but I think if we were to ever face the realization that there are other planets out there with intelligent life... it's the only obvious next step.. we need to get over our localization arrogance .. get past our childish bull and be humans rather than segments of human..

Honestly.. imagine if we treated ourselves as earth rather than nations.. all of our resources were for one... can you even fathom the possibilities? but because of commercialism and competition among countries.. we hide things from each other including resources.. everything is based on monetary value not value to the human race... it breeds greed.. we can NEVER advance in great strides with that mentality.. only in small corporate funded strides based on investor interests
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posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 08:10 PM
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This is where I get frustrated...

We live in a really messed up world... we think of ourselves on the local level, we look at corporate entities and monetary value.. do you think we were born that way? .. I think this is the biggest problem with our development that has ever been .. until the world can just look at ourselves as human.. and realize that our resources are shared.. and that we could be doing amazing things if we grouped together.. we're screwed... separatist ideas like political parties, religious difference and anything else that divides only stands in the way of what is possible... money is greed.. it's not reality .. it shouldn't really be this way.. I play the game because I have no choice .. not because I like it .. I wish I could live to see a day that people woke up and realized we all share the same space, same planet.. ..

A good example is "budgets" for space exploration.. it's a limit purely imposed by monetary value.. not reality.. we only can't do it because of cost? .. bull .. the resources exist... the limits are artificial .. that should never be a reason.. it's frustrating to imagine where we could be without such artificial and politically driven limits...
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posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 08:39 PM
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I agree with you completely, I often think where we would have been if not for wars and the way the whole of society works. I think we would have created replicators like in Star trek and been cultivating places like Mars.
I would vote for you as one of the world council! :-)



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