NASA scientists just made a major announcement today that is changing the game in the discussion of exploring and colonizing Mars.
Today, scientists have said that they have found evidence of liquid water on the surface of the red planet. They believe streaks of moisture running down from mountain tops show that water is either rising up from underground ice or salty aquifers, or condensing out of the thin Martian atmosphere.
“There is liquid water today on the surface of Mars,” Michael Meyer, the lead scientist on NASA’s Mars told The Guardian. “Because of this, we suspect that it is at least possible to have a habitable environment today.”
Next up will be further exploration of these areas which could eventually lead to the first humans being sent to Mars to colonize. Check out some of these photos from Mars:
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From the Guardian:
Liquid water runs down canyons and crater walls over the summer months on Mars, according to researchers who say the discovery raises the chances of being home to some form of life.
The trickles leave long, dark stains on the Martian terrain that can reach hundreds of metres downhill in the warmer months, before they dry up in the autumn as surface temperatures drop.
Images taken from the Mars orbit show cliffs, and the steep walls of valleys and craters, streaked with summertime flows that in the most active spots combine to form intricate fan-like patterns.