[FPSPACE] Scientists propose conservation parks on Mars
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Tue Nov 30 21:06:23 EST 2004
From: LARRY KLAES <ljk4 at msn.com>
Scientists propose conservation parks on Mars
Mark Peplow <http://www.nature.com/news/about/aboutus.html#Peplow>
International agreement could preserve important sites.
Next time you go for a stroll on Mars, be sure you don't leave any
litter behind. A plan to keep parts of the red planet in their pristine
state could see seven areas turned into 'planetary parks', regulated
just like national parks here on Earth.
The scheme has been proposed by Charles Cockell, a microbiologist for
the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, and Gerda Horneck, an
astrobiologist from the German Aerospace Centre in Cologne, Germany.
"It is the right of every person to stand and stare across the beautiful
barrenness and desolation of the Martian surface without having to
endure the eyesore of pieces of crashed spacecraft scattered across the
landscape," they write in the latest edition of Space Policy1
Although scientists have found no life on Mars, Cockell and Horneck
point out that many national parks on Earth are protected partly for
their geological interest and natural beauty, such as the Grand Canyon
and Antarctica. "And if Mars has simple microbial life, there are even
greater reasons for establishing planetary parks - to protect that life
from human destruction," they write.
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