Thursday, March 22, 2007

Caverns on Mars Beckon to Scientists

Photos from the spacecraft orbiter Odyssey from Mars show what could possibly be the entrance to giant cave systems underneath the red planet's surface. The series of photos show the sun moving across one such opening. While the craters nearby revealed a solid surface when the sun is directly over them, the dark spot remained pitch black. The thought of cave systems on Mars excites scientists because it could hide hidden life forms. Come to think of it, it also inspires the perfect plot for a new science-fiction movie where scientists explore caves on Mars and get eaten up by slimy or insectlike alien monsters. Then again, the Martian Manhunter might be there waiting to be freed from his prison. Check out Hots Up at for more about science-fiction Martians.

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