September 6, 2011

More evidence of a watery past for Mars

Scientists at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on Thursday, September 1 that a first rock examined by the Mars exploratory rover Opportunity contained unexpectedly high levels of zinc and bromine, elements, which on Earth would suggest that the rock had been created by a process involving heat and water.

The following day, researchers stated that the European Space Agency's Express satellite orbiting Mars had discovered signs of water having once filled a 65-kilometer wide crater on the planet's surface known as the Eberswalde Satellite images revealed feeder channels where water entered the lake as well as the presence of a delta where water is believed to have deposited sediment in a characteristic fan shape.

Our appreciation, international space experts, for these glimpses into the history of our neighboring planet. May we benefit from such insights by acting swiftly to protect and preserve our life-giving Earthly home.

During an August 2009 videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff in California, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of the similarities of Mars’ past to Earth, which serve as reminders for humanity to be kinder stewards of our own fragile planet.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Our neighboring planets like Venus, Mars, have similar landscape. Some are more strikingly exquisite, more beautiful. It was once a beautiful planet, and now it’s no more.

There’s no life up there at all, not life as we know of. It’s a pity. Within a few weeks’ time, the whole planet was destroyed.

Yes, destroyed because of the poisonous gases, yes from livestock.
Of course, it triggered other gases yeah? from the ocean, from the warm ocean as you know.

Sources: NY Times, MSNBC

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