Evidence of water on Mars

Evidence of water on Mars

 

One of Curiosity’s mission is to look for evidence of water on Mars – places where life might exist.  The rover Curiosity has taken some pretty amazing pictures of the Mars terrain.  Some of the pictures certainly suggest there could have been water there at one time.

Hard to believe the rover has been there three years already.  As I’ve written before, it isn’t breaking any land speed records by Earth standards…in fact, it hasn’t even traveled many miles.  I have not seen any distances mentioned lately in the news, but would guess the total travel distance by Curiosity in three years is around 10 miles.

Where did the water go?

One of the questions that keeps coming up when studying Mars is, where did the water go?

I have two thoughts on this:

  1. Several months ago, I attended a symposium and listened to Harrison Schmitt, a geologist, among the last astronauts to visit the moon, Apollo 17.  According to him, rather than hauling water from Earth to supply astronauts journeying to Mars, we should harvest it from the moon.  The cost of launching water into Earth orbit is very high due to the weight of water and the Earth gravity that must be overcome.  According to Schmitt, water can be obtained from the moon rocks, since they contain the elements of hydrogen and oxygen.  With much less moon gravity to overcome, NASA could use a smaller rocket to lift the required water payload needed by a crew heading for Mars.  If the moon contains hydrogen and oxygen, how much more likely would it be found on Mars?

 

2. My second thought, maybe there is water on Mars, but it is simply not visible.  Could answering the question of, where did the water go, be as simple as looking at an ancient text?  I call your attention to Genesis Chapter 2 verses 5 and 6 which reads…

Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth[a] and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.

Later in Genesis we read the account of Noah’s flood, Genesis Chapter 7 verse 11…

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavenswere opened.

Earth’s Water

You see, water on Earth was in underground in springs, not visible.  Recently, there was a story of a large crack opening in Wyoming, measuring more than 700 yards.  An expert in the field of geology suggests this was NOT due to a volcano that was forming, rather, it was likely due to an underground spring.

Maybe, the water still exists on Mars, but resides underground.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, this picture from JPL speaks volumes to me about the previous existence of surface water on Mars.  How about you?

Evidence of water on Mars

 

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