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Rover Accidentally Uncovers Mars Hydrothermal Vent 53

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the best-discoveries-by-accident dept.
The rover Spirit has been dragging one wheel around the surface of Mars for some time. One of the resulting gouges revealed a mineral deposit which was probably caused by a hydrothermal vent. This implies a large amount of water was present when the vent was active.
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Rover Accidentally Uncovers Mars Hydrothermal Vent

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  • Re:Kudos! (Score:5, Funny)

    by sarahbau (692647) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @04:48AM (#23526042)
    "Olympus Mobs?" I guess you really are a World of Warcraft addict :p
  • by mog007 (677810) <[Mog007] [at] [gmail.com]> on Saturday May 24, 2008 @05:16AM (#23526128)
    Only on Slashdot can somebody call a hydrothermal vent "very cool" and get modded "interesting"...
  • Uh oh (Score:2, Funny)

    by Drenaran (1073150) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @05:21AM (#23526142)
    Oh my... so many possibilities for "accidentally uncovers thermal vent" come to mind. God knows I'm going to try and make some sort of joke and at least one girl I know is going to slap me. I suppose you can't really worry too much about the inevitable though...
  • Re:Uh oh (Score:4, Funny)

    by DMUTPeregrine (612791) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @05:42AM (#23526212) Journal
    Just link goatse like a normal troll. That vent clearly belongs to a Sony executive, and is thus filled with hot air with which said being can speak.
  • Re:Kudos! (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 24, 2008 @06:04AM (#23526306)
    Are you implying there are trolls in there?
  • Oops (Score:5, Funny)

    by Magdalene (263144) <magdalene AT lightspeed DOT ca> on Saturday May 24, 2008 @06:16AM (#23526368) Homepage Journal
    It is certainly amazing that the rover is still running well after original mission end date and altogether amusing that, much like most other brilliant advances in science, the hydrothermal vent evidence was discovered completely by accident.

    Chance; 'the powers that be'; chaos; coincidence; divine intervention; flying spaghetti monster or just the universes' subversive perverse version of humour; you get the feeling that if it weren't for an infinite amount of insanely improbable accidents, not only science but life as we know it just wouldn't have happened.

    Come to think of it, The *Big Bang* probably happened because Chaos and God were up in God's room with Chaos' new chemistry set and they were arguing over who got to light the Bunsen burner when they accidentally knocked the "NEW INSTANT UNIVERSE!" out of the box and onto the floor.

    (read instructions carefully. some assembly required. very fragile. may explode if dropped. do not unpack near open flame, spark or antimatter. Batteries not included. your results may vary. not responsible for damages incurred by improper implementation of instructions. universe may be damaged by improper handling. )

    They were probably grounded for 240,000 years.
  • by Tablizer (95088) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @03:07PM (#23530246) Homepage Journal
    ...if we break enough rover parts, we'll discover the cure for cancer.
         

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