Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Mars Will Be The Closest To Earth In 15 Years

Mars Will Be The Closest To Earth In 15 Years

Mars will be just 44 million miles away, and will appear five times brighter.

"This water would be extremely cold, right at the point where it's about to freeze".

As for the next order of business, the reservoir is mostly likely between -10 and -20 degrees C, so that leaves us with the questions: Can any form of life survive at these below freezing temperatures?

Their finding is based on data from the European Mars Express spacecraft, obtained by a radar instrument called MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding).

Just last month, a team of Northeastern students won the 2018 NASA Mars Ice Challenge by designing a robotic device that can drill beneath the thick layers of dirt and ice on Mars to tap into the liquid water underneath. Water sustains life, so experts are excited to find out more about this.

These reflections "provide scientists with information about what lies beneath the surface".

Indeed, the creation of dust on Earth is much different than it is on Mars.

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Several researchers said it would be crucial to figure out whether this body of water is the only one, or part of an interconnecting body of underground aquifers - in part because a network increases the possibility it could have harbored life. Water ice and possible carbon dioxide ice does exist at the martian poles however and the presence of liquid water at the base of the polar ice caps has always been suspected.

However, Stillman, who was not involved in the research, said another spacecraft, or other instruments, need to be able to confirm the discovery.

"It is unusual that SHARAD can not confirm this discovery. Thus, I'm skeptical about this discovery".

Look opposite the Sun in the sky tonight and you'll see Mars at its brightest.

"This subsurface anomaly on Mars has radar properties matching water or water-rich sediments", says Roberto Orosei, principal investigator of the MARSIS experiment and lead author of the paper published in the journal Science. Phoenix, a Mars lander, had dug water ice from the ground in the northern polar region of Mars. Unfortunately, we're getting the short end of the stick on this one.

Water is very essential ingredient for life and even to generate power from Hydrogen.

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