September 2015: Picture of the Month


These dark streaks seen on Mars, called recurring slope lineae, are inferred to have been formed by flowing liquid water. Recently, by using an imaging spectrometer on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), scientists have detected signatures of hydrated salts on slopes where the mysterious streaks are seen. These streaks appear to flow over time; flowing down slopes during warm seasons and fading in colder seasons. The findings of hydrated salts hints the idea that the freezing point of a liquid brine is lower, making it possible for shallow subsurface flow.

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Space Matters

As a club, our purpose is to inspire and educate students and the general public about astronomy and space. This is why we stand with SEDS-CAN in urging our next government to invest in Canada’s space sector. The Canadian Space Agency’s core budget was set at $300 million in 1999. And it should be increased, at least to account for inflation, to ensure for a brighter future for all Canadian students.

To read about why space matters to students, click HERE.