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NEWS: Frozen sea gives hope of finding life on Mars

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posted on Mar, 17 2005 @ 03:58 AM
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Scientists have found a sea of ice on Mars near the planet's equator, leading to the strongest evidence yet that life could exist there. The sea was detected by the European Mars Express spacecraft and appears to have bubbled up from a subterranean aquatic layer, which many scientists believe may harbour the right conditions for primitive microbes to have evolved. As the frozen sea is certainly of geologically recent origin, the find makes it more probable than ever that any life that might once have emerged on the Red Planet could still survive there.
 



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THE strongest evidence yet that life could exist on Mars has been discovered by scientists, in the form of a sea of ice near the planet’s equator.
The ice sheet detected by the European Mars Express spacecraft appears to have bubbled up from a subterranean aquatic layer, which researchers believe may harbour the right conditions for primitive microbes to have evolved.



As the frozen sea is certainly of geologically recent origin, the find makes it more probable than ever that any life that might once have emerged on the Red Planet could still survive there.




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Although this doesn't prove anything it is still an extremely exciting prospect that their might even be the slightest chance of life on Mars. Even though it'll likely be microscopic creatures, it will still change our world as we know it and raise so many questions.

With the discovery of an atmosphere around one of Saturn's moons Enceladus, it seems we just don't know our own Solar System as much as we thought we did and who knows...it might be teaming with life.

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