[meteorite-list] Re: Mars Rocks: The Look

From: almitt <almitt_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:48:10 2004
Message-ID: <3BBEB83E.BF3CDCBE_at_kconline.com>

Hello Sterling and all,

Well said!!


"Sterling K. Webb" wrote:

> Hi, All,
> Craig said, "Remember, actually we've never really SEEN a
> Mars rock "in person", so we don't really know what they look
> like." Well, OK, we didn't get to thump them with a rock hammer,
> true, but what about MARS PATHFINDER? (Or Viking, for that
> matter?)
> How soon they forget... Yogi, Ren & Stimpy, the Rock Garden,
> The Mini-Matterhorn, Spock, Piglet, Barnacle Bill, the Couch? The
> red is dust. The rocks are only red on the upwind side. Downwind,
> they look like... rocks. Black mostly, basaltic, vesciular,
> pretty much like lava anywhere.
> It pretty reasonable to assume that any impact that would
> blast a rock right off its home planet would dust it off pretty
> good, too. Hell of a way to houseclean. For polishing, the entry
> through the Earth's atmosphere is sufficient.
> Seriously, though, we've only "seen" these few spots on a
> planet with a LAND area roughly equal to Earth's. How much could
> you say about Earth's geology if you'd only been allowed to look
> closely at three backyards?
> Sterling K. Webb
Received on Sat 06 Oct 2001 03:52:31 AM PDT

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