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TOYS AND GAMES: Deep Thoughts About Water on Mars

Apparently there is water on Mars. Wahoo!

Eso1509a_-_Mars_planet The Red Planet

Will we become that planet that travels to other planets to sustain life? We’re always talking about UFOs, what if we become a UFO for Mars? Those living on the Red Planet begin wondering what all those space ships decorated in red, white and blue are doing hovering around their planet. Makes you feel a little dangerous, doesn’t it?

Can Mars become the exit-plan destination once Earth becomes a landfill? Just imagine, quenching one’s thirst on Mars.

A couple of thoughts. How are we going to get there, en mass? It’s not like early settlers who left Europe to seek a different life in the “New World”.

Next, the water on Mars is flowing and briny, thus, when the shuttles head to Mars they must also tote water conversion kits so they can drink the water once they get there.

On the other hand, maybe we’ll harvest Mars and bring the resources back to Earth like a Twilight Zone episode.

We know there’s water on Mars because of Lujendra Ojha, a Georgia Tech graduate student who has been looking for water on the surface of Mars the past few years. He spotted “recurring slope lineae” or RSL. These are markings on the surface of the Red Planet that identify liquid flowing downhill, which leaves wet sand or soil.

Finally, Ojha’s work gives me a swelled chest.

Being a Georgia Tech graduate and lifer, I’ve been smarting the past two weeks after Notre Dame and Duke handed Tech their asses on the football field. Alas, Georgia Tech, a.k.a. “The Nerd Herd” (just learned that is a nickname for Georgia Tech students and alumni), might drop a few football games, but a Tech student can also find water on Mars. Other schools might be in the Top 25, but many of their students and alumni couldn’t find a McDonald’s on I-75.

Not saying I’m smart because I graduated from Georgia Tech — and I confess to having difficulty finding a McDonald’s on I-75 at times, but I can say with confidence that a lot of those kids I sat next to at Georgia Tech — the ones who made me feel like such a dumb ass — well, turns out they were pretty damn smart.

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