LtE in CMO #289
From William Patrick SHEEHAN
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Mon, 1 Mar 2004 18:34:50 -0600
Subject: Mars water
I'm sure you've been following the exciting
news regarding Opportunity,
the rover that landed at Meridiani Planum?
Apparently NASA is planning a press conference tomorrow in which they're
going to announce the existence of brine on the surface, which is why the
rover's wheels tracks look like they're formed in mud. That's exhilarating to me personally since,
when we observed those specular reflections from Edom
Prom (which is in this area) back in June 2001, we thought maybe the
reflections were off ice deposits or salt pans (we suspected the latter). It's interesting that in addition to Edom the other
sites where Michael Snowden observed flashes last year -- Margaritifer Sinus
and Valles Marineris -- were also sites where water flows have been identified.
Perhaps I can discuss the water on Mars
question -- and specular reflections -- at one of our
meetings in six weeks.
Bill SHEEHAN (Willmar, Minnesota, USA )
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