So there’s flowing water on Mars, apparently.
That’s what we learned from NASA’s major announcement today, and it could even point to the possibility of life on Mars. Although, it’ll probably be microbial rather than little green lads running about, which is a bit of a letdown.
Besides the announcement breaking the internet, and the live stream of the press conference being fairly dreadful, we were able to discern that as scientific discoveries go, this is pretty massive.
And, naturally, Twitter was quick to react to the Red Planet’s big news.
Many people were disappointed there were no actual aliens involved…
Please be aliens, please be aliens, please be aliens… #NASA
— Kerry Jean Lister 🆗 (@kerryjeanlister) September 28, 2015
nasa: tHERE IS WATER ON MARS!!
me: cool but what about aliens
nasa: what aliens? aliens aren't real
me & the aliens: pic.twitter.com/ErKuJQi7v6
— shay (@ultjeonn) September 28, 2015
NASA is all tease. Shut up until you have aliens.
— Hayley Campbell (@hayleycampbell) September 28, 2015
NASA should only hold press conferences when they find aliens. Not when they find something we have so much of we literally swim in it.
— Trent (@BarstoolTrent) September 28, 2015
Apparently #NASA are revealing a 'major science finding' today.
Aliens or GTFO
— Laura (@ElleEmSee) September 28, 2015
Or Doctor Who, for that matter…
— Rachel Syens (@rachsyens) September 28, 2015
I'm assuming that's it's too early to say whether those Martian water zombies from Doctor Who are responsible. #Mars
— SDSO (@darkskyobs) September 28, 2015
— Laura Tisdall (@LauraTisdall) September 28, 2015
Some even wondered whether the timing of NASA’s announcement was deliberate…
NASA's Mars announcement is likely just hype surrounding the Martian debut in theaters this week
— Paul (@saltysius) September 28, 2015
Today NASA announce water discovered on Mars. Tomorrow, The Martian movie released. Coincidence or best PR stunt in history? #journeytomars
— Iarfhlaith Kelly (@Iarfhlaith) September 28, 2015
Revised screenplay for "The Martian":
NASA head: "I would like to report that Mark Watney is –"
*feed cuts out*
"Is what? IS WHAT!!??"
— skullsinthestars (@drskyskull) September 28, 2015
— Greg Svitak (@gsvitak) September 28, 2015
The production company behind Martian will be thanking all their lucky stars right now!
— James Wharton (@jameswharton) September 28, 2015
And then things just got very silly indeed…
— UNILAD (@UNILAD) September 28, 2015
— The Studio Exec (@studioexec1) September 28, 2015
— Liam Soutar (@LiamSoutar) September 28, 2015
This salty water is all very well but it makes an awful cuppa. #bringmehome
— Beagle2 (@LonelyBeagle2) September 28, 2015
Nasa traces water stream on Mars to its source, thereby terribly embarrassing the Martian who, NASA quotes, "just really had to go ok geeze"
— Megan Fox (@glassbottommeg) September 28, 2015
So today NASA announced who Ronnie Pickering is…
— diesel elkins (@dieselelkins) September 28, 2015