Mars could be habitable as found by the robotic explorer; Research

Mars Exploration Rover

Researchers have found through a robotic explorer that Mars could have a habitable environment.

This research has been published online in the May 4 issue of the journal Science.

[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /]Researchers have found the evidences of water flows in the Endeavour Crater that is an ancient crater on Mars with 14 miles of diameter. They have found evidences by the use of the surprisingly long lived Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity that is one of the two rovers that landed on Mars about eight years ago. This rover reached the Endeavour Crater after three years of driving from Victoria, another crater, on Mars as reported by the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

“The rover discovered evidence for low temperature liquid water and environments that would be conducive for life,” said Scott M. McLennan, Professor of Geochemistry at Stony Brook University and one of the members of the team of the research. He noted that this is the third “habitable” ancient geological environment reported on Mars.

Researchers have reported that high levels of zinc points the presence of warm water flows and the veins of gypsum show the presence of low temperature waters in the crater at some time in the history.

“If we found this on Earth there would be no question that you could find evidence of life,” said Dr. McLennan, refering to the Rover that sent back some “spectacular” images of the gypsum veins.

Reference:

S. W. Squyres, R. E. Arvidson, J. F. Bell, F. Calef, B. C. Clark, B. A. Cohen, L. A. Crumpler, P. A. de Souza, W. H. Farrand, R. Gellert, J. Grant, K. E. Herkenhoff, J. A. Hurowitz, J. R. Johnson, B. L. Jolliff, A. H. Knoll, R. Li, S. M. McLennan, D. W. Ming, D. W. Mittlefehldt, T. J. Parker, G. Paulsen, M. S. Rice, S. W. Ruff, C. Schroder, A. S. Yen, K. Zacny, (2012). Ancient Impact and Aqueous Processes at Endeavour Crater, Mars. Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1220476

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