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Back to Mars

This was our first post from Mars. Here is our follow-up post.

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Seven Minutes of Terror

August 6th, 2012 – A convoluted Rube Goldberg-esque sequence of robotic events takes place.
It takes seven minutes for this process to play out in the skies above Mars.
It takes fourteen minutes for any information to travel back to Earth.
We won’t know whether our nice robot rover is alive or dead until after it’s… uh, alive or uh, dead.

Anyway, here’s all the possible reasons it could fail.

You want to watch this with sound.

I think it will fail, and I’m hoping it won’t.

You too might be a Martian!

No, really, we’re not kidding about this, apparently, according to quite a few planetary scientists, it’s entirely possible that all life on Earth (yep, ALL life) is actually descended from organisms that began their existence on the planet Mars and were transported to the Earth aboard meteorites. Well, if that’s the case, it is entirely possible that the question of the President’s place of birth is entirely moot.

Needless to say, an instrument that is currently being developed by researchers at MIT and Harvard could provide the clinching evidence.

The idea is based on several facts that have now been well established. First, in the early days of the solar system, the climates on Mars and the Earth were much more similar than they are now, so life that took hold on one planet could presumably have survived on the other. Second, an estimated one billion tons of rock have traveled from Mars to Earth, blasted loose by asteroid impacts and then traveling through interplanetary space before striking Earth’s surface. Third, microbes have been shown to be capable of surviving the initial shock of such an impact, and there is some evidence they could also survive the thousands of years of transit through space before arriving at another planet.

Let the probing begin!

Truly Out of this World!

Walt is looking for oil. he’s been gone for six or seven months. Occasionally he has posted from his travel while on the road. (Personally, don’t know what his problem is, I found some Olive Oil in aisle 5 the last time I went to the Grocery store, but he’s from Texas, so he might have to make it harder just to prove his manhood. Apparently everything is difficult bigger in Texas.

Anyway, he has beamed some pics back to us, as his travels have brought him to all sorts of, well, out of this world places.

Well, as it turns out, in his epic search for oil, he accidentally not only discovered water on Mars:
Images Suggest Water Once Covered Mars

walt on MarsWASHINGTON (July 16) – Minerals in the soil of Mars show it was covered once by lakes, rivers and other bodies of water that could have supported life, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday.

Last month the Mars Phoenix Lander found ice on the surface of the planet, but it is frozen hard and covered by red dust. Writing in the journal Nature, a team of scientists shows that the ice is left over from warmer, wetter times.
“This is really exciting because we’re finding dozens of sites where future missions can land to understand if Mars was ever habitable and if so, to look for signs of past life,” said John Mustard of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, who worked on the study.

(Via AOL News)

Then, well, he went just a bit further out and located an entire (mini) planet:


Dwarf Planet Near Pluto Gets a Name

Walt on PlotoidWASHINGTON (July 20) – A dwarf planet orbiting beyond Neptune has been designated the third plutoid in the solar system and given the name Makemake, the International Astronomical Union said on Saturday.

The red methane-covered dwarf planet formerly known as 2005 FY9 or “Easterbunny” is named after a Polynesian creator of humanity and god of fertility.
(Via AOL News)
I want to assure everyone that these are actual images, un-redoctored in any way shape or form.
Meanwhile the search for Walt continues.
The Perfessor

Out in Space

Here is (yet another) Mars post, apparently a few million years in our past, our nearest neighbor in space (the Red Planet) was bitch-slapped by a cosmic event, causing a deep gash in the planet. You see, according to Scientists (who should know this sort of thing, apparently) there is some evidence that a huge object struck Mars at some point in its distant past, leaving behind what may be the largest gash on any heavenly body in the solar system.

Below is an artist’s rendition of what that impact could possibly could have looked like:

Mars

LOS ANGELES (June 25) – Why is Mars two-faced? Scientists say fresh evidence supports the theory that a monster impact punched the red planet, leaving behind perhaps the largest gash on any heavenly body in the solar system.

Today, the Martian surface has a split personality. The southern hemisphere of Mars is pockmarked and filled with ancient rugged highlands. By contrast, the northern hemisphere is smoother and covered by low-lying plains.

Via AP

I’m posting this because, well, as we all know Walt’s screwy for this sort of stuff, and I figure if I keep posting crap stuff like this, he’ll come back and let me go back to doing stuff that pays.

The Perfessor