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May 24, 2008

Mars Photo Album - Viking 2 Digs for Pay Dirt

Posted: 03:48 PM ET

This image from the surface of Mars offers some proof Kilroy's robot was there.

Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Note the trenches where Viking was scooping dirt for analysis and the hermetic cover for the scoop.

One thing you don't want to do is bring a contaminated shovel to another planet. You might find life – and discover it came from Merritt Island, Florida.

Or worse yet, I supposed you could pull a reverse Andromeda Strain.

– Correspondent Miles O’Brien, CNN Science & Technology

Join Miles this Sunday at 7pm Eastern for an hour-long LIVE special on the next Mars landing.

Filed under: Mars • NASA • Space

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zeke   May 24th, 2008 8:26 pm ET

Good pics! a great man once said solutions to problems may not sometime be found in the mere answers but rather by the questions asked. The previous photo shows tracks from a previous NASA craft on Mars proving a craft was there on the red planet. Why haven't NASA been back to the moon, it is a lot closer than Mars? Why won't NASA just send a Mars rover and rename it a Lunar rover for the specific mission to the moon? What evidence will it show just as the previous pic on this article suggests?

Mike Timpano   May 24th, 2008 8:57 pm ET

– what is the smallest size rock that can be imaged by MRO ?

– does Phoenix robotic arm have the ability to assist with the deployment of the solar panels if they dont fully deploy ?

And hello, Steve

Thank You and good luck Sunday night

Mike Timpano
Member: NOVAC
Northern Virginia Astronomy Club

Chris   May 24th, 2008 10:29 pm ET

Has Richard Hoagland had anything to say on this latest activity:)

Backlash   May 25th, 2008 10:05 am ET

Why didn't the remote vehicle take a half liter or a vial of water there and open or break it infront of a camera and see what would happen..?

Something to consider while building the next robotic vehicle for Mars.

RFH   May 25th, 2008 2:09 pm ET

> Why didn’t the remote vehicle take a half liter or a vial of water there
> and open or break it in front of a camera and see what would happen..?

It would freeze. The average temperature in Mars is something like -100 degrees.

When/if humankind goes to Mars, we (well, our great grandchildren) will have to increase its temperature. It will take more than a century, but the good news is that we already know how to warm up a planet: we already did it to one.


stacks   May 25th, 2008 2:09 pm ET

we are spending billions and billions of dollars to seek space when we can used the money and resources to build a better planet on earth. What is wrong with the world....

RFH   May 25th, 2008 2:25 pm ET

Miles wrote:

> The water story on Mars is as old as the legendary canals “discovered”
> by Percival Lowell – and spun into science fiction classics like “War of
> the Worlds” (remember, the Martians invaded Earth in search of water).


According the Wikipedia, the canals (or channels) are not mentioned in the War of the Worlds.


RFH   May 25th, 2008 2:34 pm ET

> we are spending billions and billions of dollars to seek space when we
> can used the money and resources to build a better planet on earth.
> What is wrong with the world….

Tell that to Marcopolo, Columbus, Magellan, etc., etc.

First, you have a communist view of the economy. The resources are fixed (that is your mistake number one), and your next logical step is to take them away from people that have too much.

Next, do you have an idea of how many jobs, progress, knowledge are produced by these explorations?

Last: we are running out of planet. Like any inhabitant of an island will tell you. There are more Greeks, Puertoricans and folks from the Canary Islands outside their birthplace than inside.

Some of your descendants will have to move. The earlier we start preparing, the better.

If you want to see budget reductions, look elsewhere!


Backlash   May 25th, 2008 8:56 pm ET

we already did it to one.


Thanks for the answer, yet i don't believe in Global warming. I belive our planet is going through a global shift with the rise of the earth crust of new earth pushing higher.

Through scientist study of methane gas prove than this has happen more than 10,0000 years ago.

happen once happening again....

Backlash   May 25th, 2008 8:59 pm ET

blog it on topix we can continue the discussion fair enough...

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