Martian Streambed?

Curiosity examines a possible streambed. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Curiosity examines a possible streambed. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

I started out looking for data from the Mars Science Laboratory Rover Environmenatal Monotoring station and got this far and that was that.

It almost seems like Curiosity can’t move without finding “signs” of liquids in the historical record that is the Martian surface. Hopefully they will try to quantify the size of the “steambed” if indeed it is one. It might also give some hints as to how much liquid was there, seems like a good thing to know. Not to mention what happens to the “flow”. Great data just the same.

You know sooner or later that “ah HA” moment is going to come along where the evidence is certain and irrefutable. What then?

The image above was “white balanced” to see the colors the way the camera did click the image. Here’s part of the image description from NASA:

NASA’s Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including the rock outcrop pictured here, which the science team has named “Hottah” after Hottah Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories. It may look like a broken sidewalk, but this geological feature on Mars is actually exposed bedrock made up of smaller fragments cemented together, or what geologists call a sedimentary conglomerate. Scientists theorize that the bedrock was disrupted in the past, giving it the titled angle, most likely via impacts from meteorites.

4 thoughts on “Martian Streambed?

  1. I appears that the ‘stream bed’ is around 10 cm wide up top, then narrowing down to around 2cm.

  2. That’s what I was thinking too. I have a hard time calling that a ‘stream bed’ but that is due to scale and me being a little closed minded because it seems overstated and I feel there is way to much hyperbole in virtually ALL reporting anymore. I want to know where that ‘stream bed’ goes. Does it join up with another or no? It’s the old “your definition of is”.

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