Like most NASA press buildups preparing for a great announcement, there is a let down with the latest report of a new discovery– flowing water on Mars. It has long been suspected but always said to be largely seasonal and from the poles melting. It isn’t exactly water as we know it– lots of carbon on the planet– but it is always nice to prove what had long been suspected.
What else awaits confirmation? Lost civilizations? The Face as a manmade — excuse me, I mean intelligence made– artifact? I don’t think so, but there’s been some hot debate over some form of seasonal growth on Mars. It’s been dismissed as “defrosting marks,” but amidst all the defrosting is there some interesting spore or mold-like growth? There are some provocative pictures, and even Sir Arthur C. Clarke insisted NASA take a look at these more closely.
The pictures that inspire so much theorizing about Mars: