The red planet just got a little bit bluer. NASA confirmed on Sept. 28 that liquid water has been found on the surface of Mars. Scientists also said that the fourth rock from the Sun used to be ‘very much like Earth!’
It’s a huge day for science! Cue Jessica Lange, 66, and David Bowie, 68 because there could be “life on Mars,” after all! NASA has revealed that they’ve discovered evidence of water flowing on the planet’s surface and that it’s possible to have a livable environment on Mars!
NASA confirmed their findings during a press conference on Sept. 28, reports CNN. The space agency’s scientists said water often flows on the Martian ground. NASA also claims that Mars used to be similar to its neighbor! “We now know Mars was once a planet very much like Earth with warm, salty seas and fresh water lakes,” said Jim Green, NASA’s planetary science director. “But something happened to Mars [and] it lost its water.”
Scientists already knew Mars had water frozen at its poles, but this flowing liquid is a major discovery. The liquid appears to run down canyon walls during Mars’ summer months, according to The Guardian. Scientists aren’t certain where the water comes actually from, but they think it may originate from underground ice deposits or hidden salty water layers.
Wherever it comes from, it means that there might be life on Mars. “There is liquid water today on the surface of Mars,” said Michael Meyer, NASA’s lead scientist in its Mars exploration program. “Because of this, we suspect that it is at least possible to have a habitable environment today.”
Unfortunately, it’s not like Aquafina will open up its next plant on Mars. A study published in Nature Geoscience says the water mixes with a “thick brine of salts,” reports Popular Mechanics. The liquid is really “hydrated salts,” but for all intents and purposes, NASA’s calling it water.
These water sources will now help scientists, directing them where to look as they search for more evidence of complex life. Hopefully, this leads to further discoveries about this mysterious red planet.
What do you think about this discovery, HollywoodLifers? Do you think we’ll see people colonize Mars in our lifetime?
— Jason Brow