Water on Mars

29 September 2015

By Lauren E. White

Nasa scientists believe that they have found liquid water on Mars.

Dark streaks on the planet’s surface have now officially been linked to periodic flows of water. The streaks appear on slopes and are associated with salt deposits.

Michael Meyer, the lead scientist on Nasa’s Mars exploration programme, and Dr Jim Green, Nasa’s planetary science director, made the announcement yesterday.

Meyer and his team have collected strong evidence to prove that water is on the Red Planet thanks to an instrument called ‘CRISM’ on board Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

However, there is still a lot that we humans do not know. The next step in the investigation is to find out where the water comes from and where exactly it lies. The latter is perhaps the most intriguing part, after previous radar studies from Europe’s Mars Express spacecraft had come back empty-handed when looking for underground sources of water.

A historic movement in terms of our understanding of science and our solar system together. Now many people are hoping to find life on Mars as the next step in humanity’s discovery.

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