Friday, March 12, 2004

Mars again

I must tell you (secretly) that I am hoping that one of the rovers will encounter signs of life on Mars. Maybe a fossil in a rock. But more likely, I think, some kind of film or web across the ground that was left there to die when the water went away. Like maybe the long dark patch in the left side of this photo of the crater Bonneville. Or maybe something that pooled inside the small (6 foot?) crater within the Bonneville crater. Wouldn't that be nice?

I would be rocked by the news. I really don't think that the average person would spend more than two seconds thinking about it. Our movies have led us to expect an actual alien, speaking English, at the White House. Anything less is just academic.
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