Liquid Water Exists on Mars

Liquid Water Exists on Mars

Postby Nutso » Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:08 pm

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(CNN)Potentially life-giving water still flows across the ancient surface of Mars from time to time, NASA scientists said Monday in revealing a potential breakthrough in both the search for life beyond Earth and human hopes to one day travel there.

While the discovery doesn't by itself offer evidence of life on Mars, either past or present, it does boost hopes of that the harsh landscape still offers some refuge to life.

"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," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA.

NASA researchers using an imager aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter confirmed the watery flows by looking at light waves returned from seasonal dark streaks on the surface, long suspected to be associated with liquid water.

The investigation showed the streaks absorb light at specific wavelengths associated with chemicals known to pull water from the Martian atmosphere in a process known as deliquescence, said Georgia Tech doctoral student Lujendra Ojha -- who first discovered the streaks while still an undergraduate student in 2011.

One of those chemicals, called perchlorate, is crucial to allowing the water to stay in liquid form. Without it, it would likely boil off in the thin atmosphere of Mars, the researchers said.

It remains unclear where the water comes from. Theories include deliquescence, melting subsurface ice or even a liquid-water aquifer that feeds the process. Discovering what precisely is causing the phenomenon is a mystery for the next round of investigations, said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program.

The researchers findings are contained in a new paper being presented this week at the European Planetary Science Congress in France.
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Re: Liquid Water Exists on Mars

Postby Teaos » Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:51 am

Nice discovery. But NASA over played their hand. It's not that interesting. You make that big of a build up you better have aliens or something equally cool.
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Re: Liquid Water Exists on Mars

Postby Mikey » Sat Oct 03, 2015 12:36 pm

Teaos wrote:Nice discovery. But NASA over played their hand. It's not that interesting. You make that big of a build up you better have aliens or something equally cool.

Or when it actually happened, not when Ridley Scott wants you to release it in order to coincide with his new Mars movie.
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Re: Liquid Water Exists on Mars

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Sun Oct 04, 2015 10:01 pm

Well, don't drink the water there, at least.
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