Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mars Cave-Exploration Mission Entices Scientists

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took this photo of a cave skylight on the southeastern flank of Pavonis Mons, a large volcano in Mars' Tharsis Region. The pit is about 180 meters wide. 

NASA is mapping out a strategy to return bits of rock and soil from the Martian surface to Earth, but the most intriguing Red Planet samples lie in underground caverns, some scientists say.

The space agency's next steps at Mars are geared toward mounting a sample-return mission, which is widely viewed as the best way to look for signs of Red Planet life. Such signs are perhaps more likely to be found in material pulled from the subsurface, so some researchers hope NASA's first Martian sample-return effort won't be its last.

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1 comment:

  1. huge lies ridiculous…scientists already know that extra terrestrials fact we have our "own aliens" that have clones and mixed mumans in with them…that has all been done by the secret military..they hide this information from us all the time…they know - nasa and the military industrial secret gov know much more then they tell us. This is a lie and they are plying to get money for some secret project..maybe they are exploring living off the earth as they know the earth is shifting and we will be very different after 2016 life as we know it ends


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