You know, the more I think about it the more I believe that David Bowie is in fact some sort of space prophet. Or maybe an Intergalactic Postal Messenger?
Well whatever he is his songs have a tendency to come true when Space is involved. The eternal Ziggy Stardust will always have historic bragging rights of being the first artist in the history of ever and always to have his work sung, recorded, and a video filmed and produced in space. And now today the scientists at NASA have released a statement that pretty much rocks our world down to the bedrock.
So, it turns out there’s liquid water on Mars.
Houston cue in serious freak out in 3…2…1…
WHAT?!?!?! FOR SERIOUS?!?!?! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS? DO YOU????
And everyone take a deep breath and let it out. Ok. Grounded now? Then let us continue.
Scientists are still puzzled as to where this liquid H2O comes from but they are certain that is it there, on the surface of the Red Planet, defying the numerous odds that the harsh Martian landscape and atmosphere throw at it. Landing a human mission team on the surface of the planet is still eons away but now humanity has a new Da Vinci code to puzzle out from behind the relative safety of their computer screens. Now don’t kid yourself. Matt Damon isn’t going to get stranded on Mars any time soon, no matter how many Oscars the man wins. If you haven’t read the book The Martian by Andy Weir yet I suggest you do so because it’s the greatest thing to happen to Space Pop Culture since Chris Hadfield’s moustache won the solar system.
So what all this boils down to is this. Water, in whatever form, is a building block of life. So that begs the ultimate answer…is there Life on Mars? Was there ever life on Mars? Can there be future life on Mars?
What do you think?
To explore or not to explore, that is the question.