While most scientists believe that the Universe should be thriving with life, we sure have a very hard time finding any. There’s no wonder why, though, as the distances between solar systems are practically defying human imagination. However, a recent discovery grants us a lot of hope that we’ll finally be encountering some Martians in the recent future.
Finding water on other planets isn’t such a difficult process as long as someone sends a probe there. But finding just one out of three forms of water is the way to realistically hope for encountering any life forms. As no life form on Earth can survive without liquid water, it means that we have to look for the signature of nature’s transparent, tasteless, and odorless substance that we enjoy every single day.
More water beneath the Martian surface than anyone thought
Thanks to a new scientific research published in Nature Astronomy (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-020-1200-6) and having Elena Pettinelli as the author, who is an associate professor at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome, the chances for life to exist on Mars are suddenly sky-rocking. Several newly detected subglacial water bodies were found located under the Martian surface – near the south pole, to be more precise.
Cassie Stuurman, a radar scientist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, brings us some not so pleasant news:
“Something interesting is happening here, but there’s a really high bar for proof when it comes to talking about liquid water on Mars,
To be really convincing, most scientists would want to see this corroborated by other lines of data and evidence,”
The discovery shouldn’t surprise anyone, as scientists knew for plenty of time that Mars had a lot of water on its surface billions of years ago. Obviously, the next step is to make further examinations so that scientists will find out for sure if there is any life dwelling on the Red Planet.
NASA’s upcoming Artemis mission is a crucial one, as it plans to return humans to the Moon by 2024 and then set the stage for paying Mars a visit. Let’s hope that the initiative will bring back even more precious info about our neighboring planet.