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Friday, September 27, 2013

NASA’s Rover Detects Water On Mars

This image shows a mosaic of the first two full-resolution images of the Martian surface from the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen in the distance beyond the pebbly ground. The foreground shows two distinct zones of excavation likely carved out by blasts from the rover's descent stage thrusters. (AP Photo/NASA)

This image shows a mosaic of the first two full-resolution images of the Martian surface from the Navigation cameras on NASA’s Curiosity rover. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen in the distance beyond the pebbly ground. The foreground shows two distinct zones of excavation likely carved out by blasts from the rover’s descent stage thrusters. (NASA via AP)

Water has been discovered in the soil on Mars, according to measurements made by NASA’s Curiosity rover.

It’s a breakthrough finding in determining whether the red planet can harbor life, or if it ever has.

NASA scientists published their findings this week in the journal, Science.

Guest

  • Laurie Leshin, lead researcher on the paper that has confirmed the existence of water in Mars’ soil.

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