After a group published a study claiming to have discovered a large body of water on Mars, NASA issued a statement stating that the results were "extremely fascinating" and "definitely one justify further study "
The paper written by the Italian Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding was published on July 25 in the journal Science. It describes the discovery of a "bright spot" about 1 mile below the surface of an ice cap in the Planum Australe region of the planet.
NASA reports Thursday that this bright spot was interpreted by the group as liquid water, essential to life as we know it.
"The bright spot seen in the MARSIS data is an unusual feature and extremely intriguing," NASA chief scientist Jim Green said in a press release. "It's worth making further studies, additional lines of evidence should be followed to test the interpretation."
"We hope to use other tools to study it further in the future.
Fascinating! @ESA [ #MarsExpress may have found subterranean water near the South Pole of #mar .Data from my heat probe may have this finding I can not wait to land and come https://t.co/HwiioCRQHQ pic.twitter.com/h7Mklp6mGl
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The InSight lander, which is expected to land on Mars on the 26th of November this year. Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…01&Itemid=37 , on the surface of the Red Planet, will be the first to have a seismometer on the surface of another planet or moon since the Apollo missions.
InSight aims to literally dig deeper into Mars than ever before NASA says the mission's main objective will be to understand its origins to improve the development and history of rocky planets including the Earth.
"Follow the Water" was one of the main objectives of NASA's Mars program, "reports the Space Agency." Water is currently driving NASA's exploration into the outer solar system, where ocean worlds – such as Jupiter's moon Europa and Saturn's moon Enceladus – Have potential to support life. "
" Even protoplanets like Ceres can explain how water is stored in rocky "buckets" that transport water through the solar system.
As stated in the study released earlier this week, researchers exclude a "number of possible explanations" and conclude that "the existence of liquid water, either as a distinct layer of water or as saturated sediment, is the only explanation.
The water was discovered on the ESA Express Spacecraft and its "Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding" instrument, which has been studied for three years and has been more closely studied over the past two years ensure that it has detected water and not ice.
"Depending on the climate, ice caps grow and shrink due to deposition and erosion. This creates a unique stratigraphy within the ice caps, which consists of layers of the same age that scientists can analyze to derive information about past climates. "The study reads.
" Changes in ice flow due to water at the base can affect the appearance of these layers change what needs to be considered when reconstructing their age. Analyzing these English reflectors, taking into account the new findings of liquid water under the SPLD, can therefore help decipher the climate history of Mars. "