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Curiosity Finds Evidence of Ancient Surface Water 79

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the drill-baby-drill dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Curiosity has wheeled its way over to the low point in Yellowknife Bay and has found veined rocks, evidence that water once percolated through this area. Scientists are excited because it is the first evidence of precipitation of minerals and water. There is also cross bedding that can be seen, thin layers of rocks oriented in different directions. The grains are apparently too coarse for the wind to have created, alluding to flowing water. Even with this discovery, much is still not known about Mars' past." Rather than quickly moving along to Mount Sharp as planned, they're going to spend some time drilling into the rock.
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Curiosity Finds Evidence of Ancient Surface Water

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @12:54PM (#42606009)

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    Anonymous Coward

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @01:01PM (#42606127)

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  • by H0p313ss (811249) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @01:12PM (#42606301)

    Are you assuming they're to stupid to know the difference between the Martian atmosphere and Earth's atmosphere?

    Everyone knows Slashdot commentators are more qualified than any so called "expert". I know that when I have questions about areography I come here, not to NASA or JPL.

  • by FatdogHaiku (978357) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @02:21PM (#42607221)

    You seriously don't think NASA has geologists to study geology???

    Sure, NOW they do... but before we got to the moon the organization was over run with Cheese Scientists!
    Neil Armstrong's dusty boots crushed a lot of dreams that day.
    We had hoped for gruyère, but it was just no gouda...

  • by ianare (1132971) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @02:27PM (#42607325)

    So we can expect an imminent Apple lawsuit then?

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..." -- Isaac Asimov

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