Thursday, October 1, 2015

Liquid Water on Mars

If this is news to you, I must ask what you've been doing for the last few days!  The news I speak of is the strong evidence for LIQUID water on the surface of Mars.  For decades Mars has been looked at as a potential source of life outside of Earth.  Along with that came the search for water on Mars.  There's long been evidence of liquid water on Mars' surface from a few billion years ago, but this new evidence suggests liquid water exists on Mars TODAY!!!

The data came from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).  The MRO is not one of the rovers moving around on the surface.  The MRO is a spacecraft in orbit around Mars.  How is this possible?

"According to the new model put together by the space agency, the summer months on Mars see a shallow subsurface flow of briny water coming down from the planet's canyons and crater walls. They appear in various spots on the surface when the temperature reaches about minus 23 degrees Celsius (10 degrees Fahrenheit) and then fade in colder conditions."

Those are the words from NASA.  Super cool!  This increases the excitement over the possibility of life on Mars.  Where there's water, there's a chance for life of some form.  I'm convinced that within my lifetime, life outside of Earth will be discovered.  

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