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2004-Oct-07, 04:59 PM
SUMMARY: Researchers from Indiana University have found that under Mars-like conditions, Epsom-like salts can contain a significant amount of water. This could help explain why NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft discovered a large amount of water near the surface of Mars, but it's not visible. To get to the bottom of this possibility, the researchers have been funded by NASA to help build an X-ray diffractometer, which a future rover would use to analyze crystals on Mars to see if they're the right kind of salt that could contain water.

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2004-Oct-07, 05:25 PM
Oh Boy, another probe. :(

This makes me wonder how many probes over how many decades it will take to replace one astronaut with a good pair of eyes and a stick, or a good swift bootkick at a rock.

Please, please, let's just send the people and get the theoretical debates over with.

2004-Oct-08, 02:12 AM
Just because it is there does not mean it is like ours.
Fluids, Water-air wind-atmosphere-liquid rock,though warm

2004-Oct-08, 03:21 PM
Just because it is there does not mean it is like ours.

Are you suggesting that the rules of chemistry are not the same or that we are not sufficiently familiar with some environments?