Marrrrrs, the pirate planet.

No time to post, so I’ll just say that NASA is announcing the discovery of evidence for recent water running on Mars (LOTS). Catch the action here.

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  1. If you think about it Mars *has* to have water on it, because it has to have pirates on it, because it doesn't suffer from runaway global warming like Venus does.

    And Venus has no pirates.

    My bets are on dust or CO2 causing this rather than water, but I hope I'm wrong!

  2. So in essence, they've known about this for over a year?

    I wonder why it took them so long to break the news?

    Or maybe they wanted to make sure they got it right, before Hoagland got carried away again …

  3. "Or maybe they wanted to make sure they got it right, before Hoagland got carried away again …"

    This just in: Hoagland verifies it as a giant martian splooge shot.

    Our women are doomed.

    *cough* now that that's out of the way, this is just a guess, but I'm thinking it took them so long because there's just so much surface to look at, they didn't get around to it. Maybe they have computers set up to monitor signifigant changes like that, and they wanted to do a lot of thinking over it before releasing the news.

  4. SpaceDog said,

    December 6, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    Where’s the ka-boom? There was supposed to be an Earth shattering ka-boom!

    The Illudium Pew-36 Explosive Space Modulator! The Earth creature has stolen the Space Modulator!!

  5. If I understood the panel discussion at rebecca's link properly, they've known about this since September 2005. They already had the first picture, but then in September they saw the second one, and figured there had to be more going on.

    They're also hypothesising that maybe the water on Mars might be very acific, which would seriously lower its melting point, and allow it to remain liquid at current Martian temperatures.

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