Water on the Red Planet

Scientists have been researching relentlessly in search of any clues that might provide breakthroughs which will help them find out whether planet Mars had life or any biological past or not. The recent progress that has been achieved is that they have found out that there might have been water in the inner layers of Mar’s crust. They have conducted a study of rocks blasted out from the Martian craters and they claim that these rocks can reveal a lot about Mar’s geological past and many more things which could also help in the research for the search of life and life supporting factors on the Red Planet.

The scientists reveal that theses rocks that have blasted from the Martian craters are like a hidden treasure. The latest update from the astronomers is that they are planning to zoom in on the craters with the help of Mars express and MRO spacecraft on an area of 1000 kilometers-2000 kilometers, called Tyrrhena Terra. They are carrying out experiments on the rocks embedded in the crater and till now have found out 175 sites which contain minerals that are formed in existence of water. The astronomers have found out hydrated silicates that were found at depths of hundreds of kilometers and the composition of these rocks suggests that there might have been water underground and this is the reason that the chemistry of the rocks excavated from these craters is altered.

Life on Mars

Life on MarsA new research suggests a possibility of life on Mars like the earth’s craters support life, there’s a possible chance that they might do so on Mars as well. Charles Cockell of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Physics and Astronomy writes in this month’s edition of the science journal Astrobiology that there were micro-organisms found living deep underneath a site in the U.S where an asteroid crashed some 35 millions years ago and similar craters on Mars would be great spots to look for aliens. He wrote, “The subsurface of craters on Mars might be a promising place to search for evidence of life. The deeply fractured areas around impact craters can provide a safe haven in which microbes can flourish for long periods of time”.


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