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2001-Like Monolith Discovered on Mars In the 1960s Stanley Kubrick’s movie 2001: a Space Odyssey, a mysterious monolith, which suddenly appears on Earth, diverts the course of human evolution. Mankind, thus stimulated, ultimately sets out for the stars and finds similar monoliths placed along the way in space, providing a kind of trail of virtual breadcrumbs toward some un­known cosmic banquet. Not surprisingly, many who saw the movie were startled by recent reports that something very much like the 2001 monolith had been photographed on…

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Life In the Solar System Then & Now

By William B. Stoecker

Given the harsh conditions on our Moon and on Mars, and even worse conditions elsewhere in our solar system, could it still be that we are not alone even in this solar system? It seems unlikely that advanced life forms could have developed on Mars, with its thin, dry atmosphere and in­tense cold, or on our airless Moon, or on Venus, with its hellish surface conditions. The outer planets, gas giants, have no solid surfaces. Moons like Europa and several others may have liquid water…

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Global Cooling

BY SUSAN MARTINEZ, Ph.D.

“….the earth and the heavens … all shall wax old as doth a garment.” Hebrews 1:10-11 With great expectations hinging on NASA’s latest exploration of Mars—the Phoenix lander touching down smoothly on the Red Planet’s northern ice plains in May—scientists are holding their breath for signs of ancient water and life on that barren world. Could success for the $457 million-dollar mission—the first to study Mars’ arctic plains— depend on finding, under polar ice, organic chemicals or perhaps “nanofossils”? Back in ’04 when Mars was…

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Mars

By Julie Loar

“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for it swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only what they defend.”—J. R. R. Tolkien Mars, the red planet, is fourth in order from the Sun and second closest to Earth after Venus. Mars made its closest ap­proach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years on August 27, 2003, bringing its telescopic presence into sharp focus. Mars or­bits the Sun in 687 Earth days, but one rotation on its axis…

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