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It's Mars Madness!

In case you haven't already heard, it looks like NASA has discovered liquid water on the surface of Mars. If true, this is a tremendous discovery: higher possibility of life on Mars, access to water for future human missions, and all that good stuff.

But as you're spending the next week excited at the possibilities, and deluged from all sides by a frothing media, please understand that almost everything you're reading, watching and hearing is rumor, hearsay and speculation.

The story began when Keith at Nasawatch (http://www.nasawatch.com) posted a quick comment that he'd heard about a major news announcement coming from NASA; something to do with Mars. He later followed up with a little more information. And that's the sum total of what we know. NASA has an official press conference scheduled for June 29th, but until then, they're completely silent on the matter.

So, take it all with a grain of salt (even what I tell you can't be trusted). Until NASA has its official press conference, please feel free to use your own creativity to decide what's been discovered on the Red Planet, then get your friends to quote you - that's what we're all doing.

Liquid water Found on Mars?

Russian and Kazak Agreement Signed

NASA Director Accounts For Mars Mission Losses

LIQUID water FOUND ON MARS?

NASA is expected to announce next week that it has discovered evidence of liquid water on the surface of Mars. Using the Mars Global Surveyor, NASA scientists peered into the deepest canyons on the planet - places where Mars' low air pressure might be high enough to support liquid water during the warmer summer. If confirmed, this is a discovery of enormous importance, as these regions of liquid water would have the best chance of containing life. An official press conference has been scheduled for June 29th to announce the discovery.

News Stories

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0006/21marswater/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_799000/799552.stm

http://www.cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/06/21/mars.water/index.html

http://www.discovery.com/news/briefs/20000620/sp_mars.html

http://www.foxnews.com/science/062100/mars.sml

http://www.msnbc.com/news/423452.asp

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/solarsystem/mars_water_000620.html

http://www.marsdaily.com/water.html

http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/06/20c.html

RUSSIAN AND KAZAK AGREEMENT SIGNED

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kazak President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed an important agreement on Monday to ensure the continued operation of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The agreement directs their governments to deal with extending the lease of the facility and encourage more Kazaks to be involved in the day-to-day operations.

News Stories

http://www.cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/06/20/space.kazak.ap/index.html

http://www.flatoday.com/space/explore/stories/2000a/062100d.htm

NASA DIRECTOR ACCOUNTS FOR MARS MISSION LOSSES

NASA Director Dan Goldin explained what happened to the missing Mars probes to a congressional oversight committee on Tuesday. Future probes, he explained, will be better at navigating, communicating, imaging terrain hazards, and will have better mobility on the surface. The meeting with the committee came as the result of NASA's internal investigations into the mission losses.

News Stories

http://www.chron.com/cgi-bin/auth/story.mpl/content/interactive/space/news/2000/20000621.html

http://www.flatoday.com/space/explore/stories/2000a/062100a.htm

http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/06/20b.html



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