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NASA Images Suggest Water Still Flows in Brief Spurts on Mars

Monday, December 18, 2006

WASHINGTON - NASA photographs have revealed bright new deposits seen in two gullies on Mars that suggest water carried sediment through them sometime during the past seven years.

"These observations give the strongest evidence to date that water still flows occasionally on the surface of Mars," said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program, Washington.

Liquid water, as opposed to the water ice and water vapor known to exist at Mars, is considered necessary for life. The new findings heighten intrigue about the potential for microbial life on Mars. The Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor provided the new evidence of the deposits in images taken in 2004 and 2005.


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Six New Names on Mars

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The following names have been approved for Mars: Chaman, Eilat, Henry Moore, Pau, Vernal, and Wynn-Williams. For more information about these names and to see images that show their locations, please visit the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Phobos

Monday, December 4, 2006

Eight new names for craters on Phobos have been approved by the IAU. The names are Clustril, Drunlo, Flimnap, Grildrig, Gulliver, Limtoc, Reldresal, and Skyresh. For more information about these feature names, please see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.