Space Game! Where in the Solar System is Destination Eight? And the location is…

You guessed it, Erin Ivy. Congratulations! That destination with the icy white cap and the cozy lap for visiting roverstwo  moons whizzing across its night sky, the highest mountain and longest canyon in the solar system, and dunes the size of a football field, is our second closest neighbor, the fourth planet from the sun…

MARS

One more thing that just may be important. There’s water on Mars. Scientists believe there were once ancient seas covering part of the Martian surface.  But it’s not there now – at least not that we can see. Perhaps as the atmosphere thinned, much of the water evaporated into space. But not all.  Some water remains frozen at the Martian poles (that’s what makes that polar ice cap white).  And more water may be trapped underground.  In fact, the rover Spirit accidentally uncovered evidence of liquid H2O activity just inches beneath the surface. And NASA photographs show signs that water flowed on the surface of Mars very recently.  Since 1999.  Look.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

And where there’s water, there may be LIFE!

So keep your eyes and ears open as we continue to explore Mars.  There may be some lively discoveries!

And come back next post for your day 1 picture clue to get you started on the puzzling question: Where in the Solar System is Destination Nine?

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About Jane Peddicord

Jane Ann Peddicord is an award winning author, lawyer, and space enthusiast. About her first book, NIGHT WONDERS, Laura Kraft of the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii wrote, “We’ve long waited for books such as these to explain, in age-appropriate language, some of the fundamental concepts that have shaken the foundation of Physics.” Jane is represented by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio and likes science, space, and springer spaniels.
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4 Responses to Space Game! Where in the Solar System is Destination Eight? And the location is…

  1. Erin Ivy says:

    I used to think I had no opinion on whether or not we would discover life elsewhere in the universe, but lately I’ve been thinking more and more that we most likely will discover life of some sort, and probably in our own universe. I can’t remember why exactly I’ve decided that – ice worms in ice bergs? another step connection discovered between viruses (no life on their own, as they need another living thing to reproduce) and other living things – I can’t remember. Seems like it was a recent discovery though….

    But the question is more, will there be “complex” life. As in “more complex than me who can’t seem to remember things.” :)

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Erin Ivy. I agree it’s particularly intriguing to think about the possibility of life like us. But even the existence of simple life forms might indicate that we could survive on another world. Do you find that interesting to think about?

  2. Aidoboy says:

    I wonder what the life looks like…

    • That’s a fascinating topic to think about, Aidoboy. And it’s something space scientists around the world are wondering, too. But before they even get there they’re asking a question so basic it seems almost silly: What is life?
      We know what it is on Earth, but would we recognize an alien life form on Mars? Check out this NASA feature if you want to know what they’re thinking. And definitely let us know what you think life on Mars might look like. Thanks for the great comment!




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