Monday, September 28, 2015

Scientists find flowing salt water on Mars, say it's a good place to look for life

From the Houston Chronicle:

Scientists say the water likely exists intermittently as thin layers of wet soil. It is very salty, far more so than oceans on Earth. This brine can therefore exist as a liquid on the surface during the warmer spring and summer months, when temperatures rise to about 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the search for life, evidence of flowing water is a game-changer. It strongly indicates that there are large glaciers and possibly flowing water just beneath the surface of Mars.

More here.

This is a game changer. We really ought to stop giving money to the rich and start giving more to NASA. Because finding life on other planets is far, far, far more important than pleasing our wealthy betters, who generally don't do much more with our lavish handouts to them than buy yachts. This is real. We, all of us, should be more real.