More evidence of a watery past for Mars - 6 Sep 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.
Extra News While already receiving 79% of its power from clean energy, New Zealand on September 3, 2011 approves the construction of large wind farms near Wellington and Auckland, which will help the nation move closer to a 90% sustainable energy goal by 2025.
The Times of India reports on September 4, 2011 that UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chair Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri joins Chief Minister Tarun Kumar Gogoi of India's Assam state in calling for a ban on plastic bags in favor of eco-friendly jute, as part of a larger sustainability campaign encouraging greater eco-awareness and action, especially among youths.