Science: Glasgow on Mars

If you are looking for an out-of-this-world experience, Glasgow is the place to be. That's not Glasgow, Scotland, but the newly named Glasgow, Mars, discovered by NASA's roaming explorer 'Opportunity' and named in honour of 'The University of Glasgow's' research into rocks on the 'Red Planet'.
'We've started using Scottish names and Glasgow is the only one so far,' said Mr.Steve Squires, a NASA scientist who has monitored 'Opportunity' and her sister Mars rover, 'Spirit', since they 'touched down' last year, 2004.
Tradition dictates that areas are named after people and places from Earth -- one rocky outcrop is called 'Voltaire', after the French scientist -- and there are hills carrying the names of the seven astronauts killed in the 2003 'Columbia space shuttle' disaster. 'University of Glasgow' scientists were granted 400_000_GBP to explore whether tiny traces of water trapped in rocks from Mars could reveal secrets of early life on Earth. But don't expect to find a Clydebank, Greenock, Stirling or Paisley anywhere near 'Glasgow' on Mars. Some of its more off-the-wall neighbours, named during the earlier 'Mars Pathfinder' expedition, include 'Scooby-Doo', 'Darth Vader' and 'Yogi Bear'. 'It's official: Glasgow is on another planet ', Richard Luscombe, the Scotsman, 2005-07-29 Fr Links: European Space Agency NASA China National Space Administration British Astronomical Association Beagle 2 Red Rover goes to Mars


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who gives a shit?

8/09/2005 12:07:00 am  

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