(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists from the Institute of Planetary Sciences have been able to detect traces of flowing water on Mars.
It is this that is the main condition for life to fully exist. The results of the study were published in the scientific journal Icarus. Katherine Weitz led this study.
Planetologists have described the area that over the course of many millions of years more than once became suitable for the development of life. It is worth paying attention to the fact that another similar period ended not so long ago.
In this case, we are talking about an area called Margaritifer Terra. Some time ago, experts found deposits of clay deposits. During the next study, they were analyzed as carefully as possible.
“The presence of clay suggests that a favorable environment for life may be present.
The reason for this is that it is clays that remain as stable as possible for a long time and under neutral pH conditions.
They may contain water. At the same time, the rest of the minerals evaporate much more slowly, ”says Weitz.
Experts have almost completely created the story of how running water was present on the Red Planet in the indicated area. They calculated that she could have appeared there about 3.8 million years ago.
Weitz noted that she disappeared from the surface of Mars about 2.5 million years ago. Considering cosmic standards, this happened not so long ago.
During the study, the scientists took advantage of the results of a NASA science experiment that rendered high-resolution HiRISE photos.
To obtain them, the CTX camera was used, as well as the CRISM reconnaissance spectrometer. They are on board the special spacecraft Mars Reconnaissance
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