On Monday afternoon, NASA presented to the world the strongest evidence yet that liquid flows on Mars, making it increasingly likely that life may exist there.
Moreover, the NASA’s satellite, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), was used as to confirm this discovery.
“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”, said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The announcement sounds borderline unsexy when laid out scientifically. However, the use of the vehicle has sparked concerns as it may still carry bugs from Earth that could contaminate the planet.
NASA scientists, engineers and astronauts also are seizing the opportunity to highlight science fact versus science fiction about Mars, as during Thursday’s two panel discussions fielding questions from Brevard County students and thousands more tuned in across the country. Be that as it may, such a limitation could hamper researchers’ expectations of searching for ebb and flow life on Mars. However the new findings of hydrated salts on the slopes point to what that relationship may be to these dark streaks.
It is said that the streaks are actually evidence of flowing water that the size of it changes over time’s most probable theory is that Mars has longer warm summer months and that the size shrinks because of the colder seasons. Basic research doesn’t need to have a mission, objective or payback? Data taken by the now-inactive Mars Phoenix Lander which landed near Mars’ north pole in 2008 indicated the presence of briny water near the surface, and a few images taken by the now-inactive Mars Global Surveyer spacecraft tantalizingly suggested the existence of temporary present-day water, possibly coming from near-surface aquifers.
McEwen said that there appears to be a “significant volume” of water, speculating it could fill many Olympic swimming pools, but that it is spread thin. NASA also screened the movie for employees in various locations and invited stars of the film to Houston and Cape Canaveral for several Martian-related events.
Five years ago, University of Arizona undergrad Luju Ojha worked on a project to digitally remove weather distortion from satellite pictures of Mars.
We already know that bacteria can survive in space.
The water can be a guide for future exploration both for robots and humans. To survive and save the people of Mars, he must battle evil corporations, mutants, corrupt military, and worst of all… his ex-wife.
Chevrier said he would guess human travel to Mars is still at least 30 years away.
“NASA wants the money to go to Mars”. This may seem slightly narrow-minded, in that one could imagine alien life of a completely different chemical nature, but even the most imaginative thinkers, such as Carl Sagan, were water chauvinists and carbon chauvinists. It isn’t drinkable and would be toxic to bacterial life from Earth, but it may have harbored Martian single-cell life at one time.
This tantalizing possibility is all the more reason for NASA to proceed with more robotic missions to Mars in preparation for manned missions in the 2020s and 2030s.
NASA’s Curiosity rover has explored just 50 kilometre from one of the sites but the space agency is now looking for ways to examine the area to find life. Their mission (to Mars) leads them deep in the secrets of the planet and the past civilizations that once inhabited its surface.