Water Found on Mars

Water Found on Mars

On Earth, microorganisms have been found in the subglacial lakes of Antarctica that have existed in isolation from the external Antarctic environment for 35 million years or more and, since numerous 400 subglacial lakes that have been identified so far appear to be hydraulically connected, it is reasonable to conclude that microbial life may exist almost everywhere beneath the Antarctic ice, Clifford said. They made quantitative analysis of the radar signals.

Jeffrey Plaut of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in an email that the interpretation that it is liquid water is "certainly plausible, but it's not quite a slam dunk yet".

But until now evidence from the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding instrument, MARSIS, the first radar sounder ever to orbit another planet, remained inconclusive. NASA provided half of the instrument, with management of the USA portion led by the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The tool is called the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS), and was created to find subsurface water by sending radar pulses that penetrate the surface and ice caps. Were the huge canyons and valleys, such as Valles Marineris that cut across large swathes of the surface, carved from water, tectonic or volcanic activity for example? It was home to plenty of liquid water and lakes at least 3.6 billion years ago.

Artists' impression: Mars Express probing the planet's surface. Water sustains life, so experts are excited to find out more about this. "We are not closer to actually detecting life", Dr. Patel said, "but what this finding does is give us the location of where to look on Mars".

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"This water would be extremely cold, right at the point where it's about to freeze". Does that promise hope for human immigration to Mars in the future? It warrants further study.

It has taken the persistence of scientists working with this subsurface-probing instrument to develop new techniques in order to collect as much high-resolution data as possible to confirm their exciting conclusion.

"There are likely similar water deposits below the ground all across Mars".

You may have noticed Mars has been in the news a lot lately. Earlier he had found dark narrow streaks called recurring slope lineae emanating out of the walls of Garni crater on Mars.

The key to these plans lies in water resources on Mars. Ojha found the hydrated salts only when the seasonal features were widest. That meant the system could pull out more water with less effort.

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