The chance of life on Mars just got even more possible. The possibility came from the discovery of evidence found on the underground lake of liquid on the Red Planet.
Just around a mile beneath Mars’ surface near its south pole, a reservoir of salt water was detected. Right below the layers of rock and ice.
The Mars Express spacecraft made this astonishing discovery.
With the use of its ground-penetrating radar, the 20-kilometer-wide (12.4 miles) meter-deep subglacial lake was discovered. According to the recent paper outlined in Science, liquid water is certainly present underneath the surface of Mars. This liquid water can be an entire lake system similar to those underneath Antarctica.
This finding is the latest contribution to the idea suggesting not only was there water on Mars in the past, but water is also present and still flowing in some way today. If pending confirmations by future observations support this discovery, it would arguably be the most remarkable discovery of water presence on Mars since the dawn of space exploration.
Scientists already have strong pieces of evidence.
There was, at some point, liquid water on the Red Planet. This scientific theory is due to the Opportunity Rover’s discovery of small spherical deposits back in 2004 and the Curiosity Rover’s comprehensive mineralogy studies. Evidence from these explorations suggests that vast rivers and lakes were present and dominant on the surface of Mars billions of years ago.
In addition to this, the 2009 Phoenix lander measured condensation on Mars.
This information further provides clues that liquid water is still existent on the Red Planet today.
Roberto Orosei, the new study’s lead author and co-investigator of the MARSIS instrument at the University of Bologna in Italy says,
“From what I think we have learned about this subglacial lake, the most likely analogue for this environment is the subglacial lake that was recently discovered in Canada… in which the lake itself is in contact with a deposit of salt, and so it is very very salty.”
Back on Earth, the same kinds of subglacial lakes have proven capable of supporting some forms of life.
“There are microorganisms that are capable of surviving well below zero even without being in contact with water, and some microorganisms can use the salt, presumably the salt in the water on Mars… for their metabolism,”
Although concrete conclusions are yet to be made regarding the recent discoveries, these developments in Martian exploration are very exciting and noteworthy.
Astronauts Explain Real Reason Why We Never Made It Back To The Moon
Now we know why!
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” proclaimed American astronaut Neil Armstrong when he became the first human being to step on the moon’s surface back in July 20, 1969.
The whole world witnessed the historic moment in amazement then and now many years later, we are left to wonder why we’ve never made it back to the moon. Although the last official manned landing on the moon happened in December 1972, no one has since returned.
Of course, people couldn’t help but ask why – especially since we now have advanced technology compared to what we had back in the days. ...
Science Explains Why Pregnant Women Often Have Strange Dreams
Ever noticed how dreams seem to be spookier and more vivid when you’re pregnant? Here’s why!
As if having bad dreams weren’t terrible enough, it seems they get stranger and happen more intensely when a woman is pregnant. Have you ever noticed this, ladies?
For example, pop star Cardi B tweeted about having "weird, crazy, spooky dreams" that were "too vivid" during her pregnancy. Her experience, of course, isn’t unique as studies have likewise discovered that pregnant women do have more nightmares compared with women who aren’t. Furthermore, it is said that pregnancy during the last trimester brings more frequent nightmares compared with the earlier trimesters.
According to experts, it’s all because of troubled sleeping.
NASA Had Evidence Of Life On Mars 40 Years Ago But Accidentally Destroyed It
The evidence may have been burned by mistake back in the 1970s.
For the longest time, people have wondered if there truly is life on Mars. Now reports are telling us that although NASA's Curiosity Rover has found evidence of ancient organics on the Red Planet, the discovery may have been delayed by a previous error. There are speculations that the organization found organic molecules almost 40 years ago but unfortunately, the evidence was destroyed before it could be studied.
The Curiosity Rover has been on Mars since 2013 but the rover only recently gathered organic molecules from sedimentary rocks this year. Needless to say, NASA was extremely excited with the discovery, which included seasonal changes in atmospheric methane. However, there is a possibility that these revelations may have been found by the Viking mission during the 1970s.
Curiosity is credited for being the only rover that has discovered ancient organics on Mars.