Water On Mars?

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Ever since the beginning of time, people have known that planet Earth has plenty of water, but find running water in other planets has been a little elusive - Until now! On August 5th, NASA scientists revealed that they had found dozens of dark streaks on the surface of Mars that they believe are a result of running water.

The stunning discovery was made thanks to high-resolution pictures taken by a powerful camera called HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) that is aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting around and taking pictures of the red planet, for the last five years.

The streaks were discovered running inside narrow channels along the inner walls of a small crater called Newton, located on the southern hemisphere of Mars. What makes the water theory even more credible, is the fact that the streaks are not permanent, but come and go depending on the season. When the planet heats up the water melts and runs downhill, while during winter when it freezes, the streaks disappear.

Scientists believe that if this is indeed caused by water, it is bound to be extremely salty because fresh water would freeze permanently given the extreme Martian winter temperatures.

Though the scientists are still not 100% sure, this is the closest they have gotten to obtaining the proof to support the widely-believed theory that in the past the red planet used to be wet and warm. We wonder what the Orbiter will discover next - Aliens perhaps?

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524 Comments
  • 5266666ekyWednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7:06 am
    cool
    • coolmanTuesday, February 9, 2016 at 3:38 pm
      Do you know what this means there might be oxegen or life forms on mars since we have discovered water on earth!!
      • coder666
        coder666Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm
        there is not life on mars
      • waggoemm000
        waggoemm000Friday, January 22, 2016 at 8:34 am
        looks awesomer I know that is not a word but it is that awesome
        • awsome guyWednesday, December 9, 2015 at 11:57 am
          lol
          • gfdshajdhlaThursday, December 3, 2015 at 8:29 am
            I think martians are do you think clena?
            • Sass You OutThursday, November 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm
              not cool
              • clenaFriday, October 30, 2015 at 9:06 am
                that was so cool,
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                  • HiTuesday, October 20, 2015 at 3:36 pm
                    this is awesome
                    • trisMonday, October 19, 2015 at 4:07 pm
                      this is really cool! i hope they can discover more stuff like this.