WheneverÂ there’s a 150Â mile high, 600 mile wideÂ “plume” (described by scientistsÂ as being caused byÂ “something…”) – and itÂ just “happens” to be randomly shooting out from beneath theÂ surface of Mars all the wayÂ into space, you just know it’s gonna be an interesting week. Of course, that’s purelyÂ my VERYÂ unscientific opinion.
Here’s some less-than-illuminating commentary on the event courtesy of theÂ journalistic braintrustÂ over at Time Magazine (apparently relying onÂ some equally awe-inspiring “analysis” from the otherwise respected science journal, Nature: “Somethingâ€™s up with Mars at the momentâ€”or at least something was up not long agoâ€”and nobody seems able to explain it. Thatâ€™s the beats-me conclusion a team of investigators reached inÂ a new paper inÂ NatureÂ . . .” Ummmm…Â Very reassuring guys. No, seriously. Great work. Job well done. Mission accomplished.Â
CLICK HERE to check it out for yourselfÂ (even including a quasi-cool video) And yes — The above picture is (a) 100% real;Â and (b) was taken last Saturday by one of NASA’s Mars-orbitingÂ satellites.