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John Batchelor and I welcomed back Dr. Ashwin Vasavada to discuss the current news coming back from Mars via Curiosity. The topics we discussed included possible contamination from the rover to liquid water on Mars (RSL), planetary protection, and geologic formations such as the Murray Formation. We compared many Mars surface features to those on Earth caused by wind, water, and natural erosion such as the famous Monument Valley area of Utah and Arizona. This discussion included the balanced rocks on Mars as a result of the Martian low gravity. Our guest also put the Martian geologic time in context for us as we talked about what was going on with Earth about the time the water was on Mars. This was a double segment Hotel Mars program.
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