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Curiosity finds evidence of old streambed


Posted on Saturday, 29 September, 2012 | Comment icon 30 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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The Mars Curiosity rover has come across evidence of ancient flowing streams in several locations.

New photographs returned from the rover show exposed bedrock made up of smaller fragments cemented together, a geological phenomenon known as a sedimentary conglomerate. The size and rounded shape of the gravel indicates that the site would have once been home to a flowing stream of water, just like the streams we see here on the Earth.

Curiosity has been making its way to its first major science destination since landing on the Red Planet back in August. The team behind the rover hope to learn more about Mars' distant past and whether it was once capable of supporting life.

"Scientists theorize that the bedrock was disrupted in the past, giving it the titled angle, most likely via impacts from meteorites."

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Comment icon #21 Posted by pallidin on 29 September, 2012, 18:49
Oh. Just saying that I would be so excited I don't think I could contain myself! It would be beyond amazing.
Comment icon #22 Posted by andy hair candy on 30 September, 2012, 10:05
i agree with pallidin! i would need to send UM my dry cleaning bill. some kind of fossilized organism... that would make my year. life, so close to home... even though its dead and gone. (i think that makes us better? stroke the human ego guys)
Comment icon #23 Posted by Parsec on 30 September, 2012, 10:44
What if we already found some fossils? From here This Curiosity find only fosters the possibility of primitive water life, like the one reported as an example above.
Comment icon #24 Posted by DONTEATUS on 4 October, 2012, 3:50
WHeres all the new photos?
Comment icon #25 Posted by gOOgLer on 6 October, 2012, 16:26
4,5 billion years is a very long time for Mars. There is some probability that once there was some sort of life on it. There is some probability that even today there is some form of life on it. Or are we just looking for human intelligence.
Comment icon #26 Posted by pallidin on 6 October, 2012, 17:24
I presume, without knowledge, that life on the surface or close sub-surface of Mars would have died a long tine ago(cosmic radiation). However, I see nothing to preclude the existance of, at least, microbial life on Mars much, much deeper, dead or alive.
Comment icon #27 Posted by synchronomy on 6 October, 2012, 17:34
Ice and snow "evaporates", it's called sublimation. That's why icecubes left in a freezer for a long time disappear. Given the low atmospheric pressure on Mars and the high winds, ice would sublime very rapidly. However, your case is still very valid, because if significant sublimation had been occuring over a long period of time, then there would (or should) be a high concentration of water gas in the atmosphere. It appears that if Mars at one time had significant surface water, it must have gone underground and remained there. It's a puzzle for sure. *edit* sorry for ... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by Professor T on 6 October, 2012, 18:24
Sweet as. We learn something new every day.. To learn it twice means it wont go away. lol.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 6 October, 2012, 20:58
Do keep up DONTEATUS. The new photos were being posted in the appropriately named topic. In the last post in that topic I posted this: I hope that answers your question.


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