Monday, January 23, 2006

Martian Glaciers and the "First Sip For Mankind"


There is a story over on the Red Orbit site on how glaciers may have existed on Mars. We are not talking about small bits of ice, but the type of glaciers we see carving out the face of a mountain on Earth.

U.S. and French researchers say that debris found in areas far from the polar caps appear to be the work of glaciers. It suggests that Mars once had large areas of ice before a massive climate change, and that pockets of ice may still be there. The ice could be a benefit to future human explorers.

There are intriguing events that martian ice might bring about. When humans landed on the moon, someone had to be the first person to step off the lunar lander and put their foot on the moon. That honor belonged to Neil Armstrong.

If we send people to Mars to land and survive off ice they find there, not only will we have a person be the first to set foot on Mars, but there will a first person to take a drink of martian water.

Will there be a speech? A ceremony?

I imagine it will taste just like regular Earth water after all the filtering, but the fact that it comes from another planet will make each bottle priceless.

You can not privately own a moon rock, martian water will most likely be treated the same way. But if trips to Mars become more frequent, that might change.

Considering that wealthy people will pay big money to indulge in conspicuous consumption, how long will it be before egotistical billionares start paying up to mix a bit of the red planet with their cocktails?

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