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The European Space Agency says its probe craft in orbit above Mars has seen strong evidence of ancient lakes and rivers - but at a location which WON'T be visited by NASA's nuclear-powered Curiosity rover, which will come in to land on the red planet on Monday. Orbital imagery of Martian craters. Credit: ESA Look! Wet as you …


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  1. Fatman


    Quote: It would seem that the ESA, in announcing Mars Express' amazing new discoveries just days before Curiosity comes in to land (the imagery was actually taken in April) may be indicating that it is a tiny bit miffed by the fact that the Holden/Eberswalde/Ladon region didn't get beyond the shortlist.

    I hate to be seen as a smug bastard, but you (the ESA) can send up your own probe and have a look-see, if you want. NASA probably won't mind.

    BTW, fingers crossed for a successful landing, for Mars has this appetite for eating spacecraft `for lunch`.

    1. Richard 12 Silver badge

      Re: `miffed`

      They are intending to, in the 2016 and 2018 missions.

      The 2018 mission is even hopinh to bring some stuff back!

  2. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    "HRSC orbit 10602"

    This sounds like some bank has really been blown sky-high this time.

  3. Ammaross Danan

    "Why build one..."

    "...when you can build two for twice the price."

    So, they already have a rover design, launch and landing system figured out, and now experience with it. Why not just send up a second one? It seriously can't cost near as much as the first one since all the hard stuff is done.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Re: "Why build one..."

      ESA's ExoMars is due to put a rover down on the Red Planet in 2016 with a Russian rover following in 2018. NASA cancelled all involvement in the project earlier this year so there are no further American landers planned at the moment.

    2. Anonymous Coward
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      Re: "Why build one..."

      NASA's 2013 budget cut its support for the 2016 ESA ExoMars mission to divert money towards the James Webb Telescope which has gone horribly overbudget.

    3. Darkwolf

      Re: "Why build one..."

      They do that all the time, but the second must be kept secret, and built by the Japanese subcontractors.

  4. Winkypop Silver badge
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    Mars must be looking really big about now

    Go, plucky, not-so-little, lander!

  5. Anonymous Coward
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    Did no one think...?

    That the reason they did not choose this place was because Martians are the ones who are pulling the strings at NASA and they don't want a 1 tonne SUV landing on their favourite dacha by the lake?

    How come "Anonymous cowards cannot choose their icon"!!??

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Re: Did no one think...?

      "That the reason they did not choose this place was because Martians are the ones who are pulling the strings at NASA"

      Congratulations to you sir for not coming up with one of those half-arsed, self-doubting conspiracy theories, and going the whole mile instead. :)

  6. John Savard

    Eggs and baskets

    Yes, water and life are the most important questions about Mars.

    But the Gale crater will make available information about a large stretch of Mars' geological history. So instead of just answering one question - if the water really was there - it will answer many questions. So it's by far the safer bet for a worthwhile scientific return.

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