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« on: February 22, 2005, 10:52:07 pm »

Mars pictures reveal frozen sea
A huge, frozen sea lies just below the surface of Mars, a team of European scientists has announced.

Their assessment is based on pictures of the planet's near-equatorial Elysium region that show plated and rutted features across an area 800 by 900km.

The team think a catastrophic event flooded the landscape five million years ago and then froze out.

They tell a forthcoming edition of Nature magazine that sediments covered the ice, locking it in place.

Large reserves of water-ice are known to be held at the poles on Mars but if this discovery is confirmed by follow-up observations, it would be a first for a region at such a low latitude.


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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2005, 07:57:02 am »

Very interesting stuff.  I'd love to see the day that we have a manned voyage to Mars to take a look at some of this stuff first hand.  It is the planet most similar to earth in our solar system, as far as we know.
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2005, 01:54:24 pm »

The really interesting thing is that the presence of water ice in an accessible location would make colonization easy.  Until we’re ready to consider colonizing Mars, manned space flight will be an expensive boondoggle  Once we’re ready, it’ll be cheap at almost any price.

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