Wednesday, July 16, 2008
CRAZY TALK NOT SO CRAZY ANYMORE
Canals on Mars? Fuggetaboutit!
NEW DATA PINPOINT MARS' WET AND BALMY PAST
So, maybe Lowell and Schiaparelli and other early observers of the angry planet may have seen the last gasps of Martian surface water.
Given the warming that ended the last Ice Age some 15,000 years ago (Save the Woolly Mammoth!) and recently observed reductions in Martian polar ice caps because of Sunspot activity, maybe they were just calling what they saw.
Now, I know I'M an idiot, but Percival Lowell? Not so much. He was an actual...what's the word? Oh yeah...scientist.
He died in 1916 looking for a planet beyond Neptune. The discovery of Pluto in 1930 proved he was right.