|Above These dark markings are (as far as we can tell) caused by water. Very, very bad water. Don't drink it Matt Damon!
|Above: An artists impressio of an ancient Martian ocean. Courtesy of Nick Stevens.
Mclaughlin crater lake dates from the time time in the solar systems history when life was just taking hold on Earth. So, as well as being evidence that some parts of Mars were more than just a little damp, it's sediments could give us an insight into what the solar systems chemistry was like at the time... and who knows, the lake looks like it was pretty life friendly.....
There're a lot of interesting papers coming out of LPSC 2016, so keep an eye on this site and other space news sites for the latest discoveries!
Elsewhere in the Universe:
Trailer for J.J. Abrhams new docu-movie, Moonshot:
J.J. Abrams is more known for huge budget sci-fi movies like the Star Trek reboot, and little tiny film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But this is different: This is a documentary on the Google Lunar X-prize, and race between private companies to land a robot on the Moon. And I can't wait to see what he's made of it....
ESA and Inmarsat team up to develop next-gen air traffic control:
U.S. loses control of weather satellite