Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Science Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Out There An oasis in the sky inspires the imagination. A series of discoveries refreshes our yearning for the red planet. ByDennis Overbye July 30, 2018 There it was: Glowering red on the dashboard of the sky like an astrological warning light next to the full Blood Moon Friday. Mars. It was calling brightly out across 35.8 million miles of space, a gulf humans have yearned to cross for as long as they have known that the lights in the sky are places. This week, the closest it has been to Earth in 15 years. That yearning has now been refreshed — if in fact it ever went away — by the discovery of a 12-mile-wide lake under the southern ice cap on Mars by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter. An oasis for interplanetary dreamers. Microbes are known to inhabit similar lakes on Earth, and so who knows? Could little Martian bugs be swimming around down there under a mile of ice that keeps the cosmic rays out and keeps the Martian water liquid? Mars has always… Read full this story
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