Thirsty Alien Babes Rejoice: NASA Finds Water on Mars
It’s no secret that our planet is falling into a state of disrepair. We haven’t been very nice to it, and we’re now starting to see some of the consequences of our actions. For those of you who sometimes wish that we could start fresh on a whole new planet, we have some good news for you (and some wild new photos to go with it). NASA reported today that new findings from the Mars Resonance Orbiter provide compelling evidence of liquid water on the planet. Water! On Mars! Bonkers!
Those crazy blue colors in the photo indicate the presence of the mineral peroxene. The water is represented by those dark streaks that officials at NASA report to “ebb and flow over time,” becoming scarce in colder temperatures (they’ve already confirmed the presence of ice and showing up again when it gets warmer (warmer meaning above -10 degrees Fahrenheit. Mars is super cold.)
The photos released are super trippy, but their implications are even more mystifying. Mars is a cold, lonely planet, but life there might just be possible. At least, the option is being seriously considered.
NASA has already announced their ambitious plans for the 2020 Rover. In July, it was reported that the data collected on the next journey will allow us to understand Mars like never before. It’ll include seven carefully-selected instruments designed to give an immensely detailed and comprehensive look at the planet—tools that’ll measure the planet’s weather, geological structure, and mineral makeup, to name a few. There will even be a machine (nicknamed MOXIE) that’s designed to convert the CO2 in Mars’s atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen.
“It seems that the more we study Mars,” says Michael Meyer, a lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, “the more we learn how life could be supported and where there are resources to support life in the future.”
It’s a simultaneously terrifying and exhilarating thought that our wildest interstellar fantasies might become a reality in our lifetime. At this point, it seems as though anything is possible. And who knows, maybe space isn’t really the Final Frontier.
Photos via NASA