This story also appeared last month, during a month of what, in my opinion, was very strange and important space news, which I argued in a mini-series of blogs, appears to be perhaps influenced by the "Renaissance model" of "New World revelation" or "New World disclosure." In that context, the following story may be hugely significant:
As indicated, the article suggests that significant amounts of running water may have existed on Mars as little as 200,000 years ago, a relative "yesterday" in geological terms. And with that recent a presence of water, there is also the possibility for the presence of life. In one sense, the article is no great revelation. There are indicators of water on Mars in the polar ice caps (largely carbon dioxide block ice), as cirrus clouds form during the Martian summers.
It's that date of 200,000 years ago for running water that really changes the picture about Mars once again, for if true, some current models will have to be changed. (The date has an odd significance for the alternative research community, and it is that, however, with which we are momentarily concerned here. It is odd that the Sumerian Kings' List, which states that the earliest "god-kings" came to earth, bringing down "kingship" from the heavens with them, and establishing civilizations on this planet, approximately 240,000 years ago. While highly suggestive, whether there is a connection here between this recent Martian water story, and this peculiar assertion of ancient texts, remains to be seen.) At a deeper level, the study suggests the possibility that whole subject of Martian water may be in need of more significant probing and investigation, particularly in the light of the strange sequence of space news occurring last month and renewed calls for manned missions to Mars, not only by the USA, but by Russia. The idea of flowing water that recently in Martian geological history suggests the possibility that there may be hidden concentrations of water on the Martian surface or beneath it. Such concentrations would raise the stakes of the space race to Mars considerably, for Martian water would make the exploration and eventual colonization of the planet a much less costly and difficult task.
Given what we have blogged previously this week about Martian exploration, and 3D printing, 200,000 year old running water on Mars has raised the stakes even more... this is another one of those "quiet stories" to watch.
See you on the flip side.