Liquid Water Found on Mars

Monday September 28, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. EST, NASA scientists unveiled that they have discovered evidence of natural running water on the planet Mars. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that there is life on Mars, it is an encouraging sign that life could possibly be supported there. The water contains salts known as perchlorates, which are a class of chlorine-containing substances that are derived from perchloric acid. “The existence of liquid water, even if it is super salty briny water, gives the possibility that if there’s life on Mars, that we have a way to describe how it might survive,” states John Grunsfeld, who is the  associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA. Researchers at NASA used an imager aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to observe seasonal dark streaks found on the planet’s surface that were long believed to be flows of water. It was determined that these streaks were indeed water after they found out that the streaks absorbed light at specific wavelengths that are associated with chemicals known to pull liquid from the Martian atmosphere. This announcement could not have been better timed, as the movie The Martian is scheduled to release on October 2nd.

The dark streaks shown in the photograph above is actually water! Photo by NASA
The dark streaks shown in the photograph above is actually water! Photo by NASA
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