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There is liquid water flowing on Mars! Where there is water there should be life. This discovery is the first direct evidence of a long-suspected theory.
Not long ago researchers believe that it was nearly impossible for liquid water to exist on Mars. Today their views and opinions changed drastically as evidence of liquid water has been found. Next step? Finding evidence of life on the red planet and that is something that shouldn’t take long.
According to scientists from NASA, there is liquid water on the surface of the red planet and this discovery boosts, like never before, the possibility to find alien life forms elsewhere in the cosmos.
“The most exciting thing about the announcement today is that it would be possible to have life on Mars,” said NASA’s John Grunsfeld at a press conference Monday.
NASA has finally announced that they have found the strongest evidence yet confirming the existence of liquid water on Mars and everyone is extremely excited since this discovery could mean that Mars could support at least simple life forms. What NASA calls ‘spectral evidence,’ lines in four different places on the surface of Mars, which confirm researchers hypothesis of the existence of water in liquid state on the red planet.
“There is liquid water today on the surface of Mars,” Michael Meyer, the lead scientist on Nasa’s Mars exploration program, told the Guardian. “Because of this, we suspect that it is at least possible to have a habitable environment today.”
Researchers believe that water flows could point NASA and other agencies towards the best places to look for life on the red planet. This discovery greatly increases the chances of success for future human colonies on Mars.
“The mystery has been, what is permitting this flow? Presumably water, but until now, there has been no spectral signature,” Meyer said. “From this, we conclude that the RSL are generated by water interacting with perchlorates, forming a brine that flows downhill.”
“Something is hydrating these salts and it appears to be these streaks that come and go with the seasons,” Lujendra Ojha, one of the researchers on the project, said in a statement. “This means the water on Mars is briny, rather than pure. It makes sense because salts lower the freezing point of water. Even if RSL are slightly underground, where it’s even colder than the surface temperature, the salts would keep the water in a liquid form and allow it to creep down Martian slopes.”