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Re: Mars Rover Finds 'Puddles' On The Planet's

From: Paul Scott Anderson <paulscottanderson.nul>
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2007 10:47:16 -0700
Fwd Date: Sat, 09 Jun 2007 14:14:56 -0400
Subject: Re: Mars Rover Finds 'Puddles' On The Planet's



>Source: NewScientist.Com News Service

>http://tinyurl.com/2sxezk

>15:33 08 June 2007

>[Image at site]

>Mars Rover Finds 'Puddles' On The Planet's Surface
>by
>David Chandler

>A new analysis of pictures taken by the exploration rover
>Opportunity reveals what appear to be small ponds of liquid
>water on the surface of Mars.

-snip-


I wish this was surface water; unfortunately in this case I
doubt it.  As mentioned in some other forums, the "puddles" in
the photo (which  looks false colour to me as well) are just a
part of many other similar  linear features on Burns Cliff in
Endurance crater. They are not on the  crater floor, as stated,
they are on the cliff wall, which is fairly  steep. The "puddle"
area is circled here in a linked photo of Burns Cliff, compared
to the photo in the article:

http://tinyurl.com/yplxs7

http://web.mac.com/paulscottanderson/iWeb/planetaria/puddle.jpg

Anyone who is familiar with the studies done at Endurance crater
knows  that cliff is rather steep. Water could perhaps seep out
here and run  down the cliff briefly, but not likely pool.
Unless this is water  residue which has frozen in place, I think
these are probably dust or  soil deposits, as indicated by the
MER team. One caveat is that this is  the only image shown in
the article. If there are others, I'd like to  see them when the
paper is published.



Planetaria
http://web.mac.com/paulscottanderson/iWeb/planetaria



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