NASA finds liquid saltwater on Mars

September 28, 2015 | Environment
Mars: not as dry as we thought it was

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has revealed that water flows on the Red Planet.

Scientists detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on Mars. The darkish streaks appear during warm seasons above -10 degrees Fahrenheit (-23 Celsius), and then disappear in colder seasons.

"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. This is a significant development, as it appears to confirm that water - albeit briny - is flowing today on the surface of Mars," notes John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator at NASA.

The Red Planet is not dry and arid anymore. NASA researchers have confirmed that water is actually flowing on a regular basis in Mars. However, space experts still don't know the origin of that mysterious liquid.

"It took multiple spacecraft over several years to solve this mystery, and now we know there is liquid water on the surface of this cold, desert planet. It seems that the more we study Mars, the more we learn how life could be supported and where there are resources to support life in the future," adds Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program.

Was there life on Mars? Are there microbes hidden in the newly-found liquid saltwater? Researchers believe that within the next three decades, we will get definitive evidence of life in other planets. Water in the Red Planet is simply the first step towards a wider knowledge.

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