7th Graders Pwns Geological Surveyors By Finding Unknown Mars Cave Opening

Posted by on June 23rd, 2010


I believe that children are the future, give them pictures of Mars and let them find the caves.

A heretofore unidentified Martian cave opening was found by a group of 7th graders. It was completely unrecorded by our official geological survey of the Red Planet.

the students examined more than 200 images of Mars taken with the Thermal Emission Imaging System (Themis), an instrument on NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter.

Using that camera, the students focused on the area around the planet’s Pavonis Mons volcano. The only other similar opening near the volcano was found in 2007, when Glen Cushing, a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, published a research paper on the surface anomalies.

“This pit is certainly new to us,” Cushing told the students, according to a release from the university. He estimated the opening to be 620 feet by 520 feet and the hole to be at least 380 feet deep.

Yeah… but let’s see them buy a pack of cigarettes!


2 Responses to “7th Graders Pwns Geological Surveyors By Finding Unknown Mars Cave Opening”

  1. a. Says:

    maybe if those NASA folk would stop taking smoke breaks they would've seen the hole

  2. JustinRYoung Says:

    Epic miss