A WATERY LAKE IS DETECTED ON MARS

posted by Mark Robertson - 

For the first time, scientists have discovered a large, watery lake beneath an ice cap on Mars. Because water is essential to life, the finding offers an exciting new place to search for life forms beyond Earth. Italian scientists working on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express mission announced on Wednesday that the 12-mile wide underground liquid pool — not just the momentary damp spots seen in the past — had been detected by radar measurements near the Martian south pole. A spokesman for the Italian Space Agency stated directly: “Water is there. … it’s salty, and it’s in contact with rocks. There are all the ingredients for thinking that life can be there, or can be maintained there if life once existed on Mars.”

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