NASA reporting possibility of life in planet MARS. Discovered WATER!!
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In a much-anticipated press conference on Monday, NASA researchers gave the world a major update on Mars: It has liquid water flowing on its surface.
The agency announced that a phenomenon called recurring slope lineae observed on the Red Planet is the result of hydrated salt flows that contain liquid H20 on the Martian surface.
RSL are narrow, finger-like streaks on Martian cliffs and slopes that form seasonally on warmer areas of Mars’ surface. While low atmospheric pressure and freezing temperatures on Mars would quickly dissipate any pure water on the planet’s surface, water with a high salt content could remain stable in liquid form.
“When most people talk about water on Mars, they’re usually talking about ancient water or frozen water,” Georgia Institute of Technology graduate student Lujendra Ojha said in a press release. “Now we know there’s more to the story. This is the first spectral detection that unambiguously supports our liquid water-formation hypotheses for RSL.”
The announcement was anticipated over the weekend by the space science community, some of whom guessed the news in advance. NASA Watch’s Keith Cowing wrote last week that two of the press event’s speakers, Ohja and University of Arizona planetary geology expert Alfred McEwen, have previously co-written papers on recurring slope linae on Mars and how they may be formed by flowing liquid.