NASA Announces Water on Mars

20:00 September 28, 2015
By: Kaitlyn Clement

After much anticipation, and following last night’s super moon lunar eclipse, NASA announced to the world they have discovered water on Mars.

Evidence of water still flows across the ancient surface of the red planet. NASA scientists revealed the signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where dark streaks appear to ebb and flow over time. The streaks appear darker and flow down slopes during warm seasons and fade in cooler seasons. The source and amount of water has yet to be determined, but this is a step in the right direction.

Although the discovery of water on the planet does not offer evidence of life, neither past nor present, it does boost hopes that Mars might offer some refuge for 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 Grunself, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA.

 NASA Mars scientists are currently on Reddit, answering questions from the public about the discovery.

 Will NASA’s next announcement be extraterrestrial life?  We can only hope it will happen in our lifetime!

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