NASA scientists confirmed today that flowing salty streams of water has been found on Mars during its summer.
Indeed, Mars appears to have once been a planet ‘very much like Earth’, with a water cycle.
The planet is also believed to have had warm, salty seas, fresh water lakes and even snow-capped peaks.
scientists are hoping to debunk whether or not there was – or is – life on that planet.
Previous speculation had some believing NASA would announce scientists had found life on Mars, but UBC Astrophysicist Jaymie Matthews says people hoping for proof of alien life wouldn’t be hearing that at today’s press conference.
“If it turns out everyone thinks they’ll find Marvin the Martian, or Vulcans, you know, something, a fossil of life, and then it turns out to be something that’s important for planetary science, but maybe the public doesn’t really grasp it in the same way.”
If you missed the announcement, NASA posted the highlights on Twitter:
NASA also shared an animated simulation of the planet:
This animation simulates a fly-around look at one of the places on Mars where dark streaks advance down slopes during warm seasons, possibly involving liquid water. This site is within Hale Crater. The streaks are roughly the length of a football field. (NASA)