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Curiosity finds water on Mars
dais
Brisbane, Queensland
11194 posts
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/sep/26/nasa-curiosity-rover-mars-soil-water

Water has been discovered in the fine-grained soil on the surface of Mars, which could be a useful resource for future human missions to the red planet, according to measurements made by Nasa's Curiosity rover.

Each cubic foot of Martian soil contains around two pints of liquid water, though the molecules are not freely accessible, but rather bound to other minerals in the soil.


Pretty amazing stuff. Terraforming a possibility?
05:17pm 27/09/13 Permalink
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greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
6044 posts
Dune!
05:25pm 27/09/13 Permalink
DK
Brisbane, Queensland
903 posts

Pretty amazing stuff. Terraforming a possibility?
http://media.heavy.com/media/2012/08/tumblr_m3td422taC1qc42hdo1_500.gif

GL
05:45pm 27/09/13 Permalink
ravn0s
Brisbane, Queensland
17480 posts
i guess this increases the likelihood of there being some sort of life on mars?
05:50pm 27/09/13 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
21146 posts
The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one
07:15pm 27/09/13 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
14378 posts
But still they come.
07:55pm 27/09/13 Permalink
RuleofBooKz
Other International
21 posts
that gif is why you should always be sun smart when at the beach
08:45pm 27/09/13 Permalink
trillion
Brisbane, Queensland
3298 posts
that's some next level stuff

good on ya, Curiosity. Drop a POI pin and tear that dust up to find the previous drop teams' Spirit & Opportunity idle botbots. then take photo's (which are pretty cool) and samples of.... rocks? but don't even send them back to the lab for a look because that launch was a one way ticket.
09:43pm 27/09/13 Permalink
BladeRunner
Queensland
1413 posts
Hope they find oil on Mars, NASA will get a 1000% funding boost. Liberate the s*** out of Mars.
02:52am 28/09/13 Permalink
Nerf Stormborn
Brisbane, Queensland
8032 posts
Fossil fuels like oil and coal are the compressed remains of millions of years of carbon-based life. If we found oil on mars it would be more amazing for the implications. ;)
03:52am 28/09/13 Permalink
RuleofBooKz
Other International
30 posts
yeah but what the gentleman was going at is if they found the oils on mars its a pretty sure bet that the good ol USA would be on mars tomorrow with the oil find patrol of freedom bustin heads and taking names

finding water is nice and all but we still have that over here,,, even if evian and coca cola finds it for twenty cents a container load up in the mountains and sells it off for 4 bucks fiddy a 500ml bottle

its simple economics aint it?
04:43am 28/09/13 Permalink
Pablitos Way
Melbourne, Victoria
9 posts
Hey rulz, how was the trip to Mexico?
09:40am 28/09/13 Permalink
ph33x
Thailand
105 posts
yeah but what the gentleman was going at is if they found the oils on mars its a pretty sure bet that the good ol USA would be on mars tomorrow with the oil find patrol of freedom bustin heads and taking namesfinding water is nice and all but we still have that over here,,, even if evian and coca cola finds it for twenty cents a container load up in the mountains and sells it off for 4 bucks fiddy a 500ml bottleits simple economics aint it?

It's easy when you think simple.

We're trying to stop burning our own fossil fuels, why would we invest billions/trillions into a project that will allow us to do it again?

I...
09:55am 28/09/13 Permalink
Thundercracker
Brisbane, Queensland
3344 posts
Dune!


spice must flow!
10:40am 28/09/13 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
14438 posts
Not enough for terraforming, and the need to basically turn over every square mile of regolith is a bummer. Mars isn't a good place to terraform anyway, as without a magnetic field its atmosphere gets blown away by the sun over time.

Its a pretty big deal for colonisation though, one of the big issues with Mars is the need to truck in water.
10:37am 29/09/13 Permalink
Superform
Netherlands
7821 posts
o noes a drow f**
10:49am 29/09/13 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
14439 posts
o noes a drow f**

lol i played my first game of drow in months last night was fun :p

Not as much fun as when her aura was global which was kind of dumb..
11:12am 29/09/13 Permalink
Nerf Stormborn
Brisbane, Queensland
8033 posts
I'm just left wondering how the hell this was not known decades ago with all the probes that we've sent there...
11:12am 29/09/13 Permalink
FaceMan
Brisbane, Queensland
10742 posts
Tell us the Truth NASA.
11:13am 29/09/13 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
14440 posts
I'm just left wondering how the hell this was not known decades ago with all the probes that we've sent there...

Its a pretty small percentage, the probes were less sophisticated, and the distribution may not be even.

Or NASA knows the Truth and they are slowly preparing us for their Release of Information on Aliens.
11:13am 29/09/13 Permalink
Nerf Stormborn
Brisbane, Queensland
8034 posts
The early stuff that I saw seemed to indicate that they thought that this would be uniform across the planet, which is what confused me. Guess that ground analyzer thingamabob on the new thing really was a big step forward in terms of what they've sent there.
11:28am 29/09/13 Permalink
DK
Brisbane, Queensland
904 posts
I'm just left wondering how the hell this was not known decades ago with all the probes that we've sent there...


My guess is they don't release this kinda info to the public unless they're 99.99999% sure of the data and results they have. They have been saying we think there is water on mars for a while now
11:36am 29/09/13 Permalink
Nerf Stormborn
Brisbane, Queensland
8035 posts
I find these explanations acceptable, you shall both be knighted.
01:30pm 29/09/13 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
14382 posts

Tell us the Truth NASA.


They are.
01:33pm 29/09/13 Permalink
demon
Brisbane, Queensland
7252 posts
I'm just left wondering how the hell this was not known decades ago with all the probes that we've sent there...

a couple of reasons... only 3 rovers have had the capability to do soil sample testing on site. spirit & opportunity only landed in 2004 & curiosity in 2012... so that's how no one 'knew' there was water in the soil decades ago. from memory, there was a problem with the soil testers on both spirit & opportunity.. one had a blocked intake & the other had a broken oven.

both spirit & opportunity discovered evidence of water previously existing in the soil & on the surface or mars in the form of goethite. nasa made the appropriate press releases.. there were no dragons, ninjas or aliens so no one much cared.

curiosity discovered the water in the soil within the first couple of months of it landing on mars. nasa made the appropriate press releases.. the article in the op is just about the formal release of scientific papers.

it's hilarious that knobs like faceman are always spouting crap like 'tell us the truth nasa!' when the truth is right there for anyone to read about... it's just not the wondrous fairy tale some people want to hear.
01:58pm 29/09/13 Permalink
Dazhel
Gold Coast, Queensland
6311 posts
from memory, there was a problem with the soil testers on both spirit & opportunity.. one had a blocked intake & the other had a broken oven.


Doh, you'd think NASA would have tried to fix or replace those things before sending them off in billion dollar space probes!
02:24pm 29/09/13 Permalink
Jason
Brisbane, Queensland
1 posts
thats just silly, why would god put water on mars?

- my nan when I told her about this news
09:45pm 29/09/13 Permalink
reload!
Brisbane, Queensland
7452 posts
drow's aura is still global. only ranged creeps close to her get it but I thought it was always that way?
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