Water!: Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient Riverbed On Mars

September 28, 2012


In outerspace news, the Curiosity Rover just beamed back some pictures to earth that scientists are saying provide proof-positive evidence that flowing water once existed on the red planet. Cool, now maybe if we time traveled back a billion years we could drink it.

Scientists are studying the images of stones cemented into a layer of conglomerate rock. The sizes and shapes of stones offer clues to the speed and distance of a long-ago stream's flow.

"From the size of gravels it carried, we can interpret the water was moving about 3 feet per second, with a depth somewhere between ankle and hip deep," said Curiosity science co-investigator William Dietrich of the University of California, Berkeley. "Plenty of papers have been written about channels on Mars with many different hypotheses about the flows in them. This is the first time we're actually seeing water-transported gravel on Mars. This is a transition from speculation about the size of streambed material to direct observation of it."

Damn, they even calculated how fast the water was moving! That's science right there. SCIENCE, BROBRO. I love that stuff. E equals McSquares and all that.

Hit the jump for a closeup with the head of a peen-shaped rock circled for good measure.


Thanks to Jacob and MC Nekkid P, who want there to be water on Mars NOW so it won't be so expensive to build a water park there when we finally colonize that mother.

  • ZomBBombeR

    All the mars theories going on at the moment are making me think way too hard for my liking, but on GW's note what if thats not a peen shaped rock but rather a fossilized martian dong?? something to think about.

  • You DO NOT want to find water on Mars.

  • Or, alternatively... http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/i...

  • ZomBBombeR

    Thank you for that lol.

  • Guest

    I do wonder if this planet may have underground water areas. Water might of seeped through the ground or there were some thirsty alien invaders. Anyway, this is a great find.

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    So when the core cooled the water seeped underground and then froze? In the end, all we need is to slingshot Arnold Schwarzenegger up to Mars and kick start that machine to convert all that ice into oxygen and then we are set.

  • Rick Thomas

    the atmosphere would still leak out into space since Mars has a weak magnetic field.

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    We have always known there was water on Mars. We have known there to be oceans just like here on Earth. Answer the question of what happened to it all.

  • The atmosphere went to crap and it all went away

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    yes...but why? why did Mars lose it's atmosphere and we kept ours?

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