May 18, 2022

NASA Confirms Existence of Mars Lake With Floods

NASA’s Perseverance team has confirmed the existence of a lake on Mars. The lake is believed to be about 11 miles wide and 3 feet deep, with floods that are believed to occur every few years when the snow melts in the winter. This discovery was made by examining images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter MRO which has been circling the red planet since 2006.

The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment HiRISE on the MRO has been able to take images that reveal the existence of a dried-up lake bed. It was noted that many earlier missions, including Pathfinder and Viking, had also observed signs of water in Mars’ past, but the discovery is still quite interesting considering scientists have not been able to identify a place on the red planet where liquid water had been found until now.

The search for evidence of water has been going on for years, and it is not a surprise that scientists have finally found what they were looking for. A recent study was conducted by a team made of French and American researchers which analyzed more than 100 locations on the red planet and found evidence of water. The research showed that Mars does not always look like the barren land that most people imagine, since there are several places with ice or rocks containing large amounts of water.

According to scientists, this proves that life is possible on Mars even if the conditions are different than those on Earth. For example, the climate on Mars is not very suitable for life. The temperatures can vary from around -225°F during winter to up to about 70°F in summer.

In this study, researchers used images taken by MRO which showed a dried-up lakebed near a Martian crater that is believed to have been formed 3 million years ago. Researchers believe that the lake had been around for at least a million years, and it would have contained liquid water in the past. Unfortunately, Mars does not have a thick atmosphere like Earth, but there are many signs that liquid water used to run over its surface in the distant past.

To confirm their theories about this dried-up lake, researchers compared images taken of the area by the MRO and the European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe. They discovered that a series of dunes were formed on top of some depressions in the ground, which confirmed their theories that water once covered that region.

Similar signs have been found all over Mars’ surface, proving that the red planet once had huge lakes, oceans, and rivers. Of course, water was not the only thing that flowed on Mars in the past. According to researchers, there is also evidence of ancient streambeds which are believed to have carried large amounts of mud.

The discovery of this dried-up lake serves as an important piece in scientists’ theory that Mars had plenty of water in the past. Some even think that life on Earth could have been formed after rocks containing organic matter fell to the surface of the red planet and got covered by mud, which eventually made it work its way down to an ocean or a lake where it found protection under an ice sheet.