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Wednesday, July 11, 2001



Arctic Testing

Arctic Research Station.
Arctic Research Station.
Credit: Mars Society
On Devon Island in the cold frozen North, a team of specialized NASA scientists has been testing methods for finding water underground. Since the island has geological features that are extremely similar to those on Mars, the area is the site of dozens of tests for manned missions to the red planet. Using a "geophone flute", which can relay back reliable images of the terrain hundreds of meters underground, scientists hope to be able to detect traces of frozen water on Mars without ever digging a hole. After finding water, scientists could search for fossil samples and if found, could discover the secret to how life developed on our planet and elsewhere. "It would be like reading the book of life itself," Robert Zubrin writes.

(More info: MSNBC)


- posted by Alex @ 18:12 EST