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NASA Confirms Liquid Water Exists on Mars

BREAKING: NASA scientists have finally confirmed today that they believe water flows on the surface of the Martian planet. “What we’re going to announce today is that Mars is not the dry-air planet that we thought of in the past,” said Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters. “Today we’re going to announce that under certain circumstances liquid water has been found on Mars.”

A news conference was called for on Monday to discuss the finding. Although NASA hasn’t yet gone into specifics, it appears that mostly they will be discussing the  imagery obtained from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which confirmed salty water flowing down Martian slopes which is responsible for dark streaks we see as spots on the planet’s surface.

This isn’t the first time water was discovered on Mars, but what makes this finding remarkable is that the previous ones were in the form of frozen puddles while this one is actually in the form of flowing water on the seemingly barren planet which could signify a scientific breakthrough in the search of whether life exists there.

The European Planetary Science Congress released this paper which analyzes the imagery data obtained by the MRO.

There isn’t an offered explanation as to where the water could be coming from, but a few possibilities were suggested: It could be melting ice; it might be resulting from the wide deposits of salts in the Martian soil which are believed to pull water out of the atmosphere; or perhaps liquid that is spuming up from an aquifer.

“Our quest on Mars has been to ‘follow the water,’ in our search for life in the universe, and now we have convincing science that validates what we’ve long suspected,” said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “This is a significant development, as it appears to confirm that water — albeit briny — is flowing today on the surface of Mars.”

You can read the full story directly from NASA’s webpage here.

Written by Ali B. Moe, founder of Enchanting Minds.