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Orbiter Reveals Rock Fracture Plumbing On Mars 61

Posted by Soulskill
from the more-evidence-for-hydrogen-hydroxide dept.
Riding with Robots writes "Mars researchers report that a robotic spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet has revealed hundreds of small fractures exposed on the Martian surface that once directed flows of water through underground Martian sandstone. 'This study provides a picture of not just surface water erosion, but true groundwater effects widely distributed over the planet,' said one of the mission scientists for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been regularly returning terabytes of high-resolution images and other kinds of data from Mars."
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Orbiter Reveals Rock Fracture Plumbing On Mars

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  • Plumbing? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Tubal-Cain (1289912) on Saturday September 27, 2008 @01:58AM (#25175283) Journal

    Who cares about alien plumbing?
    I want their electronics!

    • by Umuri (897961) on Saturday September 27, 2008 @02:04AM (#25175313)

      Ignorant fool!
      Everyone knows that the key to intergalactic understanding is knowledge of the location and inner workings of alien plumbing!

      Why do you think everytime another intergalactic race stops by here, that they anal prob our hillbillies?

      Plumbing inspection, i'm telling you!

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Who cares about alien plumbing?

      Itsa me, Mario!

    • Who cares about alien plumbing?
      I want their electronics!

      But but...you need to understand how their the "tubes" work to gain martian internet access. Right?

  • Data rate of 6Mb/s (Score:3, Informative)

    by slashqwerty (1099091) on Saturday September 27, 2008 @03:06AM (#25175545)

    the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been regularly returning terabytes of high-resolution images and other kinds of data from Mars.

    I was going to challenge this but it appears MRO transmits data about ten times faster [wikipedia.org] than other probes. Nevertheless, at 6 Megabits/second it would take 370 hours (over two weeks) to send one Terabyte.

  • canals (Score:3, Interesting)

    by kenbo11 (1097593) on Saturday September 27, 2008 @03:49AM (#25175679)
    Ahhh! the true martian canals!
  • OH NO the planet that has continued to serve us in no way has cracks. I actually only clicked on this because I thought it said Mars has crack and I had to do a double-take.
  • I guess I am in one of those technicality moods, but will reading the initial post I always read the from such-and-such-department. In this post it says for the more-evidence-of-hydrogen-hydroxide-department. Hydrogen Hydroxide, aka H2O, aka water, is a bit redundant and cumbersome wouldn't it be more correct to call it Dihydrogen Monoxide? Ok I'll shutup now.

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