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Massive ripples in distant solar system, NASA plans a Mars colony, and more....

9 Oct 2015, 15:40 UTC
Massive ripples in distant solar system, NASA plans a Mars colony, and more....
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NASA planning a Mars colony:NASA is planning a Mars colony, able to survive independantly from Earth, at some point in the 2030's. The agency is planning a 3 phase approach, beginning with gaining deep space experiance with things like its Asteroid Retrieval Mission over the next decade. You can download the whole report by following the link above. I tend to be skeptical about plans like this, but I want to believe that this might be different....Above: Rover tracks on the Martian surface. Courtesy of NASA.Which brings us to...In case there was any doubt still, yes ancient Mars did have streams and lakesIn case the news of (probable) present day water, all those water-carved-looking valleys, and the geology from rovers showing things like stream beds wasn't enough to convince scientists, Curiosity Rover has come back with something pretty damn convincing as evidence that Mars once had entire lakes and runninf streams on its surface: Fossilised mud."Observations from the rover suggest that a series of long-lived streams and lakes existed at some point between about 3.8 to 3.3 billion years ago, delivering sediment that slowly built up the lower layers of Mount Sharp," said Ashwin Vasavada, part of the Curiosity team.Above: ...

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