Since someone long ago first noticed its reddish gleam in the sky, people have wondered about Mars – and dreamed of going there. Now there’s more reason to wonder and dream about the Red Planet. For the second time this year, a team of scientists has publicly announced discoveries that indicate water once existed on Mars. Michael Malin and Ken Edgett said Monday that images from the orbiting Mars Global Surveyor show rock formations consistent with ancient lake beds.
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Lots of people talk about the need for a mission to Mars. The Mars Society, a nonprofit organization of scientists, space buffs and average citizens, is doing something about it – circulating a petition calling for such a mission to reach Mars by 2015. “We call upon the leaders of the world to commit to the immediate human exploration of Mars,” says the petition, which is available on the group’s Web site, www.marssociety.com