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  •  When I was about 8 - in the early 50s, I recall (5+ / 0-)

    reading from a kids book about the solar system. I'm pretty sure the chapter on Mars was titled, "Mars, the Abode of Life." It suggested that seasonal color variations on Mars represented changes in plant life, and mentioned the canals as possible irrigation structures.

    I remember my surprise to see craters in the first fly-by photos from Mars. Now it seems so obvious that they should be there as well as nearly everywhere else in the solar system.

    Back then what held my interest were the questions about what was there. Now the interest comes from seeing so many more or less familiar "geomorphic" processes at work on another planet.

    Back then I was sure I would watch as we took our first steps on Mars soil. Even in 1969 that prospect seemed most likely. Now I suspect I will not be around to see those first steps, but perhaps my son will. He's 40 now.

    Thanks for your continuing excellent work!

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