The latest Martian findings came from the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, which began orbiting the planet last month in preparation for a 30-month mapping operation. Scientists told reporters at a news conference at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, that the early results from the orbiting spacecraft were "remarkable".
The mapping project proper is not due to start for another six months. Yesterday's results came from initial probes of the surface as the spacecraft was establishing a circular orbit. - Reuters