another opinion on life on mars – in the remains of a lake
That lake is supposed to be called LAKE SHARON. I found it first. My God painted it with my hand.I proved the water first – by driftwood.
NASA rover finds ‘clearest evidence yet’ of an ancient lake on Mars
Updated 6:22 PM ET, Fri February 10, 2023
NASA’s Curiosity rover used its Mast Camera to capture this 360-degree panorama of an area on Mars known as Marker Band Valley on December 16, 2022.
(CNN)In the foothills of a Martian mountain, NASA’s Curiosity rover found stunning new evidence of an ancient lake in the form of rocks etched with the ripples of waves — and the telltale signs appeared in an unlikely place.
The rover is traversing an area of Mars called the “sulfate-bearing unit” that researchers previously thought would only show evidence of mere trickles of water, as scientists believed the rocks there formed as the surface of the red planet was drying out. Instead, the rover found some of the clearest evidence yet of ancient waters.
“This is the best evidence of water and waves that we’ve seen in the entire mission,” said Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity’s project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, in a statement. “We climbed through thousands of feet of lake deposits and never saw evidence like this — and now we found it in a place we expected to be dry.”
The sulfate-bearing unit is a region previously identified by the Mars Reconaissance Orbiter as containingsalty mineral deposits just beneath an 18,000-foot (5,500-meter) mountain called Mount Sharp. Scientists consider the sulfate-bearing unit to be a location rife with clues about how and why Mars morphed from a watery planet into the frozen place it is today, and researchers have long sought to explore the area in more depth.
Billions of years ago, waves on the surface of a shallow lake stirred up sediment that over time formed into rocks with rippled textures. The evidence of waves and water is the clearest proof NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has found to date.
Though the region contains rocks that were thought to have formed “when water was drying to a trickle,” according to NASA, the new images from Curiosity show evidence of a shallow lake.
“Billions of years ago, waves on the surface of a shallow lake stirred up sediment at the lake bottom, over time creating rippled textures left in rock,” according to a NASA news release.
The wave-marked rocks were found about one-half mile (800 meters)into Curiosity’s ascent ofMount Sharp. As the rover climbed higher, it traveled over rocks that would have formed more recently. That’s why researchers didn’t expect to see such clear markers of a large body of water.
Maybe I’m missing something, BUT THAT LOOKS MORE LIKE SOMEBODY’S DENTURES. Somebody lose their dentures on Mars?
What’s that, a bear scooting down my head trying to enter through a back door?
OKAY, NOW I SEE IT. Yeah, yeah, but under the sand, there’s a shadow of a body beneath the head. That bear’s not alone! It’s a silhouette of a dog’s or horse’s head pointed to the right side of the screen. Arizona? I’m going to the Arizonas? It better be a vertical move. I’m not in the mood for lateral. Okay?
NASA orbiter captures image of a bear’s face on Mars
Specifically, the rocks were discovered in what’s called the Marker Band Valley, a zigzag formation of rocks that stands out against the landscape, thanks to its darker coloring. The rover began exploring the Marker Band feature — which was found to have thin, hard rocks covering the surface is a scalelike pattern — in 2022.
Curiosity has attempted to extract samples from some of the rocks, but they proved too hard for the rover’s drill, according to NASA. But scientists are hoping the vehicle will stumble on some softer spots more conducive to sample collection as its trek continues.
The Curiosity rover has been exploring the Martian surface for about a decade, and it’s been climbing the base of Mount Sharp since 2014. Scientists are particularly interested in the mountain because its suspected past — in which the landmark was surrounded by streams and lakes — could have been host to microbial life forms. That is, if any ever existed on Mars.
True story joke: I lost my flipper/upper denture once while living on Berkeley Road, Cleveland, Heights Ohio. In the morning, I looked and looked and looked. couldn’t find them anywhere. Steve looked too, even in the refrigerator of all places. Neither one of us could find them. He finally goes back to the refrigerator, knowing I love mayonnaise and looked into this big animal-free mayonnaise jar and there they were.
I still don’t know how they got there. To this day he swears I’m the only one who could have put them there, but why? Even if I got up in the middle of the night to eat mayonnaise, if there was nothing else to eat, who needs to remove dentures to eat mayonnaise? No one. I’ve never even worn them to bed, so how could I remove something I wasn’t wearing anyway? It’s still a mystery to me.
Till today, when my mind said, there’s my dentures. lol