NASA announced that it will present important Mars discoveries about the future of its atmosphere during an official press meeting at its head office. The occasion will be transmitted on November 5 and if the news is similar to the others we have found out these months, it is sure to create a buzz in the science community.
It is likely the information will be related to the spacecraft near the Red Planet, since the rumors include the name of several researchers who are in charge of its control and data transmitted by it since 2014.
With very few details provided, it is possible that the statement will have an impact on NASA’s goal to send a man operated mission to the planet in the next 15-20 years. While we are waiting for the big news, here are some things related to Mars and the discoveries made by scientists about it until now.
In Sept, NASA said that a spacecraft orbiting Mars found proof of the existence of water on its surface, a liquid that existed in recent years, not in the distant past. Further information revealed that our planet’s neighbor has multiple layers of salty waters that were wet even in the last years.
This water could have several times the concentration of salt than Earth’s waters, but it may also be enough water to provide some environment for people exploring its regions in the future. It provides hope for the colonization of Mars that could occur in the next century if human-friendly elements are found there.
The Red Planet is not a very dry place that we believed it was in previous decades. Under certain conditions, streams of water have been discovered on Mars. Methane present in the atmosphere of the planet shows that there is still some sort of activity far there, in a geologic or biologic sense, as a group of NASA and scientific researchers have stated in their reports.
Methane is a gas that can easily destroyed in the atmosphere of the Red Planet in several different methods, so this finding of significant plumes of gas in one of its hemispheres indicates some continuous activity on its surface.
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