Professor of Astrophysics at The University of Manchester, Mr. Tim O’Brien, has explained the possibility of finding water in the Mars, reports NaijaAgroNet.
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second smallest planet in the Solar System, after Mercury and was named after the Roman god of war, the Mars is often referred to as the "Red Planet" because the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance.
According to the Media Relations Officer, University of Manchester, Mr. Sam Wood in a press statement available to NaijaAgroNet quoted Prof. O’Brien as trying to explain why finding liquid water on Mars is such an important discovery and the essence.
Prof. O’Brien noted that this effort is truly an exciting discovery, even as scientists know there are features on the planet which suggest flowing material.
“What we were not sure about was whether this was water,” he queried.
However, Prof. O’Brien pointed out that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has now studied the signature of this material and they could see that it looks like briny water.
He described this as good evidence that there is water involved, but added that what is unknown yet is where the water is coming from.
“Is it seeping up to mix with salts on the surface to make the briny water? Or it this water coming from the atmosphere, as it does on Earth?” Prof. O’Brien asked with excitement.
He was optimistic that the really interesting thing is what this means for life on Mars, which goes to state that millions of years ago conditions on Mars were similar to what “we have on Earth now.”
He emphasized that the presence of liquid water increases the possibility that there could be some microbial life forms still on the planet, though in itself it is not evidence for life.
“All life as we know it needs water, now we have found water on Mars there could be life. They have found a key prerequisite for life but not life itself” O’Brien affirmed.
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