Giant Ice Lake Found on Mars

| September 21, 2010

This is a giant patch of frozen water inside an unnamed impact crater on Mars. The existence of this water-ice patch on Mars makes life a more likely possibility and raises the prospect that past or present life will one day be detected. At a glance, the Mars’ lake looks like a blueish fried chicken egg. Don’t you agree with that? :)

The crater with ice disc is on the Vastitas Borealis, a broad plain that covers much of Mars’s far northern latitudes. The crater is 35 km wide, with a maximum depth of about 2 km. The image was taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera on European Space Agency (ESA) Mars Express.

Scientists believe the water-ice is present all year round because the temperature and pressure are not sufficient to allow it to change states and vaporise into the atmosphere. It is not frozen carbon dioxide, because this type of ice had already disappeared from the north polar cap by the time this image was taken.

Source: European Space Agency Flickr


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  1. Dude Manrod says:

    why did it take us this long to actually get a picture of this?

  2. Luke Easter says:

    Colonize Planet Mars For What?

    12/06/06, Scientists are elated because there are,
    Signs of water flowing freely on the Planet Mars,
    And this according to their community is by far,
    The most exciting thing since the forming of stars.

    However, don’t get on your high horse too soon,
    First mankind has to spend time on the Moon,
    Then again, here’s my opinion for what it’s worth,
    We should be more concerned about life on Earth.

    War in a foreign land that many are calling lost,
    Way too many limbs, lives, with billions as the cost,
    Looks like not just the soldiers are coming home blind,
    Mars is front-page news, what’s going on in the mind?

    MS, autism, cancer, Alzheimer’s, AIDS but first it’s HIV,
    Not just confined to monkeys but humans in every country,
    No cure, arm and a leg for medicine only to slow it down,
    Poorest nations can’t dig graves fast enough & bury underground.

    I dare not talk about crime because that’s a sermon on it’s own,
    Finally, in Ohio an investigation into fraudulent mortgage loans,
    Cleveland Clinic makes billions but yearly taxes that do not pay,
    Something about being a non-profit organization, or so they say.

    Certainly tops in medical research and they are health care pioneers,
    Money making staffers reside outside the city because crime they fear,
    Then no one worth anything wants their child enrolled in public schools,
    Guess the powers that be, in city hall are just robots without any clues.

    CEO’s in salary, bonuses and buyouts are paid in dollars & stocks billions,
    Workers laid off, lost pensions, no health care benefits, number in the millions,
    Reverend Rodgers and Deacon Anderson are two at Good Hope Baptist Church,
    Working over 75 years collectively losing everything, who cares if they were hurt?

    Where is the President, Congress, The Senate or members of The House?
    Snubbing their noses like great big elephants while being effective as a mouse,
    They promised if we’d vote for them, these politicians would have our back,
    And this was long before anyone had ever heard of a desert called Iraq.

    On this side of the, “free world” we’ve spent billions to bail out banks,
    While in, “less friendly” nations we’ll spend billions on guns and tanks,
    To close the economic gap for them as ours widens don’t you think?
    Our domestic beer vs. Cuban cigars & imported Cognac they drink.

    Congressional approval signed by the President they pass a bill to rob,
    Real hard working Americans like janitors protesting loss of their jobs,
    We complain to our leaders but they have nepotism from Uncle Sam,
    Do our votes really mean anything, is this just another political scam?
    October 2010, again we cry water on a plant distant as the stars,
    But did they find equal housing, education and happy hour bars?
    Cure for cancer, MS, racism, hatred, an end to domestic abuse?
    So if it has the same old stuff here on earth then what’s the use?

    I wonder how or what will be said in the upper echelon conversation,
    Most can only imagine the steps necessary in making a reservation,
    “Oh you should have been there, we danced graciously amid the stars,
    As we dined on starship shrimp & lobster, at the Hilton on Planet Mars.”

    By Luke Easter

  3. Farah says:

    Subhanallah..ciptaan Allah amat hebat