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NASA discovers water on Mars

Nicholas Morea

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NASA revealed that liquid water was officially discovered on Mars on Sept. 28.

An imager on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter confirmed their findings by analyzing light waves returned from dark streaks on the planet’s surface. The streaks absorbed light that were associated with the chemicals in water.

It is unknown where the water originates from, but it holds the theory that life could have at one point or another existed on Mars. The water on the planet, however, is extremely salty in comparison to water on Earth.

According to ScienceAlert.com, The Mars Curiosity rover cannot interact with the water due to the amount of distance the Rover has covered.

This is not the first case to show that life may have existed on Mars; the Mars rover had found traces of methane before. NASA will continue it’s investigations surrounding the water found on the planet.

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NASA discovers water on Mars