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This monumental discovery makes the cold and once believed arid planet a big step closer to being able to support life and stirs interest in a manned exploration of the planet.
Astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington John Grunsfeld said, “ 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 water — albeit briny — is flowing today on the surface of Mars.”
Possibility of water was first noticed by a undergraduate student at the University of Arizona in 2010. Lujendra Ojha who was studying high resolution images from NASA’s MRO.(the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter which has been up since 2006). Ojha is now at Georgia Tech in Atlanta and was the lead author on the report that was released yesterday
.NASA’s lead scientist on the Mars Exploration program in Washington said it had taken several years to solve the mystery and “now we know there is liquid water on the surface of this cold desert planet. The Mars Exploration program leader added significantly added “ It seems that the more we study Mars the more we learn how life could be supported and where there are reserves to support life in the future.”
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