In a groundbreaking announcement Monday, NASA officials confirmed their discovery of liquid water on the surface of Mars.
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“Today,” NASA Director of Planetary Science Jim Green said, “we’re revolutionizing our understanding of the planet.”
While scientists have largely agreed that the planet consists of ice, the discovery of salty, flowing water represents a new chapter in our understanding of Mars.
“Mars is not the dry, arid planet that we thought of in the past,” Green continued.
While he went on to qualify that the liquid water was observable “under certain circumstances,” Green described the discovery as “tremendously exciting” and “a great opportunity” to learn even more.
The scientific community has been awaiting NASA’s big announcement, which included some details regarding how the liquid water was found.
After identifying dark areas of Mars, scientists determined that they moved and shifted in size on a seasonal basis. Analysis sent back from devices orbiting the planet led to the findings announced Monday.
For Georgia Institute of Technology’s Mary Beth Wilhelm, the finding is another indicator of “more habitable conditions on the near surface of Mars than formerly thought.”
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