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An ancient lake on Mars was capable of supporting life for tens or hundreds of thousands of years, researchers reported today based on findings from NASA's Curiosity rover. In March, NASA announced that the lake was once capable of supporting microbial life, but little more was known. Now researchers have shown that the lake existed around 3.5-3.6 billion years ago and actually contained an "Earth-like" environment. "There would have been some snow, maybe ice up in the mountains around the crater rim," John Grotzinger, project scientist for Curiosity, said at a press conference this morning. "It's pretty darn similar to Earth."
This news is big. Wonder if they will find any traces of life. S&F
Mars had a large freshwater lake that might well have been hospitable to life, scientists reported Monday.
Wake me up when they actually find evidence of that potential life. Otherwise, they need to stick with the headline: LAKE COULD HAVE HELD LIFE -- BUT DIDN'T