Wow that was quick: NASA's Spirit rover has found possible evidence
of water on Mars, namely carbonate which may
have been formed by water.
More space news: Bush is reportedly going to announce
plans for a moonbase and an eventual manned mission to Mars. Hesiod has a good analysis
of this move (its a neat way of shaping the electoral debate, putting Bush the bold visionary up against a small-minded money-pinching Democrat). Hesiod's also got a plan for how Democrats should respond:
The way to respond to this is to say: "That's a wonderful idea, Mr. President. But, you left out how you were going to fund this endeavor. I suggest we repeal your tax cuts on rich people in order to pay for it. I also suggest that we make it an international effort with our allies. That way, we can share the financial and technical burdens, and go a long way toward rebuilding some of the relationships you trashed during the Iraq fiasco."
Greg Easterbrook's got an alternative analysis. He first trashes
the idea of a Mars mission...
In the days to come, any administration official who says that a Moon base could support a Mars mission is revealing himself or herself to be a total science illiterate. When you hear, "A Moon base could support a Mars mission," substitute the words, "I have absolutely no idea what I am talking about."
...and he then asks:
And why might George W. Bush endorse a Moon base or Mars mission? Either he's a science illiterate surrounded by advisors who are science illiterates, or it's a blank check for aerospace contractors.