Water flows on Mars: NASA

Researchers at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have announced the existence of evidence to confirm liquid water (or some water-like fluid) flows on Mars. The evidence has been provided by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

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[‘The Martian’ a film by Ridley Scott staring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain[1] will be released on October 2nd, 2015]

The so-called “Red Planet” has been long though of as arid and dry. This new find means it is possible for life to be sustained on the planet, according to The Telegraph.

Our quest on Mars has been to ‘follow the water,’ in our search for life in the universe, and now we have convincing science that validates what we’ve long suspected […] This is a significant development, as it appears to confirm that water ― albeit briny ― is flowing today on the surface of Mars: John Grunsfeld, astronaut.

Dark narrow streaks, called "recurring slope lineae," emanate from the walls of Garni Crater on Mars, in this view constructed from observations by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbit.
Dark narrow streaks, called “recurring slope lineae,” emanate from the walls of Garni Crater on Mars, in this view constructed from observations by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbit.

The MRO has been examining Mars since 2006. In 2005, radar data revealed the presence of large quantities of water ice at the poles and at mid-latitudes according to Wikipedia. Same source indicates there are 7 active probes on or in-orbit around Mars (5 orbiters and 2 rovers).

Google has dedicated todays’ doodle to this exciting find:

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September 29th, 2015.

 

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Source: NASA.

[1] Both of them also starred in ‘Interstellar’ (2014) a film by Christopher Nolan.

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