Flowing salty water on Mars possible, NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter images suggest (Photo)

By on Aug 5, 2011 in Astronomy, Science, United States, World Comments

Updated: September 29, 2012 7:45 p.m.

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There is a big possibility that there is flowing salty water on Mars; this is what NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) images are now suggesting, as shown in the photo below.

Images suggesting that there is water on Mars
Image Credit: NASA.gov

As posted by NASA on its official website on Thursday, August 4, 2011, MRO observations suggest that the there could be flowing water during the warmest months on Mars.

NASA’s Mars Exploration Program keeps bringing us closer to determining whether the Red Planet could harbor life in some form,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said on the report.

“It reaffirms Mars as an important future destination for human exploration.” Bolden added, as previous theories say that flowing water on Mars is very much possible.

“The best explanation for these observations so far is the flow of briny water,” MRO High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) principal investigator Alfred McEwen said on the report.

Mr. McEwen is from University of Arizona in Tucson and the lead author of the Mars recurring flowing water report which is published in the latest edition of Science Journal.

“These dark lineations are different from other types of features on Martian slopes,” said MRO project scientist Richard Zurek of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

“Repeated observations show they extend ever farther downhill with time during the warm season.” Zurek added.

According to the report, the features imaged were measured only about 0.5 to 5 yards or meters wide, with lengths up to hundreds of yards; and width greatly narrower than in the channels on earlier reports.

However, some of those locations were said to have displayed more than 1,000 individual flows which are darker on warmer and equator-facing slopes.

Apparently, repeated observations revealed that these finger-like features appear during late spring through summer while fading in winter, and set to return during the next spring.

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