Friday, July 29, 2005

WATER ON MARS!

In a stunning discovery today, scientists commanding the Mars Express mission have announced that they have found a crater full of water ice! Absolutely stunning color images abound!
These images, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft, show a patch of water ice sitting on the floor of an unnamed crater near the Martian north pole.

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The crater is 35 kilometres wide and has a maximum depth of approximately 2 kilometres beneath the crater rim. The circular patch of bright material located at the centre of the crater is residual water ice.