When I read...
about the _hot_ pondlife, I thought you meant, y'know, like, __HOT__ pondlife. Not hot pond life.
Never mind, I've cooled down now.
It's the one with the thermal lining.
American astrogeologists believe that there may be pockets of liquid water trapped in sediment layers beneath the slopes of Olympus Mons - the titanic 15-mile-high Martian volcano, three times as high as Mount Everest. Such underground ponds or puddles might be home, they speculate, to strange alien lifeforms. Contour mapping …
Built the giant window defroster thing found beneath Olympus Mons in Total Recall and now the "much-anticipated" remake of Total Recall?
The stars are almost literally aligning and the Reg is there to report on this epochal confluence of events. All that is needed now is Richard Branson to announce that famous Hollywood actor Dennis Quaid has elected to become the first passenger on Virgin Galactic's new passenger service to Mars....
....since Mars's atmosphere is tenuous at its thickest, and since Olympus Mons rises 76,000 feet above the surrounding plains, its caldera must be damn near in outer space.
So put a Gauss gun in there and use it to launch iron-rich ore into orbit, to build interstellar spacecraft or orbiting power stations, or what have you..... the savings in bulk material delivery to space would cover the exploration and development costs many time over in the long run.
Plus, it would satisfy mankind's deep-seated desire to rape and plunder nature for a looooooooooooooooong time to come.
Paris because, well, it's Paris.
They would be Areologists
Nah, the red planet is dead. No molten core so no magnetic field resulting in an irradiated surface. Cold interior so no areothermal energy. Weak sunlight. No liquid water, only ice deposits. D.E.A.D.
Now, the icy moons of gas giants, they are a much better candidate for primitive hot slime creatures. Mmm hot juicy slime.
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