The net has been all abuzz with news of possibly leaving earth to move to anther planet has kicked into full gear after NASA confirmed that there was a water flow on the planet Mars.
The walls of several cliffs on mars showed that they were lined up with a narrow and dark strip referred to as, “Recurrent Slope Lineae or RSLs.” However, during the Martian winters, it was observed that these strips would disappear leading NASA to believe that the strips were indeed caused by water flow during certain periods of time.
Located throughout the equator of Mars, especially concentrated in deep canyons, the water is briny and infused with salt chemicals that prevents it from evaporating into Martian atmosphere.
This, however, is not the first time that scientists have said that they’ve found water on Mars. Several years back, frozen ice was found in the poles, and recently, puddles of water have been seen during the night, as well.
Though the source of the water remains a mystery – with theories of a melting glacier and a under surface source of water debunked for now – Lujendra Ojha, the first to discover the streaks, says that they have only begun to scratch the surface.
NASA is currently planning a Mars expedition to be launched by the 2030s with the hopes of learning more about the planet’s water resource. But until then, researchers will be studying the composition of the water found on Mars.
By doing this, they hope to answer the million dollar question that is whether or not there is life on Mars. While there is no conclusive answer yet, the presence of water and methane suggests that there may be microscopic beings on the planet.
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