Broadcast 2972 Hotel Mars with Dr. Jack Wilson

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Jack Wilson, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Water ice found at the Martian equator.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program,  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF ( note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.

John Batchelor and I welcomed Dr. Jack Wilson to the program to discuss his team’s finding of water ice at the Martian equator by enhancing older photos taken from the Mars Odyssey mission around 15 years ago.  Dr. Wilson explained how they enhanced the photos to reduce the distance to Mars for the imaging and said that with further work, they can enhance images even more.  He explained theories on how the water got from the polar regions of Mars to the equatorial regions given that Mars was probably tilted much more earlier on than it is now.  He talked about water being primordial and throughout the solar system.  We also discussed what it might mean for future Mars settlements that might want to be located around the equator given that the first meter and maybe more might be an ocean.  Dr. Wilson had much more to say in this double segment of Hotel Mars.

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equatorial water on Mars

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23 Aug 2017 John Batchelor, Livingston, Dr. Jack Wilson
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