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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter finds possible evidence of salty water on Mars

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posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 05:57 AM
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NASA Mars spacecraft reveals a more dynamic Red Planet


NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed to scientists slender dark markings -- possibly due to salty water – that advance seasonally down slopes surprisingly close to the Martian equator.

"The equatorial surface region of Mars has been regarded as dry, free of liquid or frozen water, but we may need to rethink that," said Alfred McEwen of the University of Arizona in Tucson, principal investigator for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera.


Very exciting!

We are not talking about evidence of ancient salty water, but the possibility of salty water present on Mars today causing seasonal changes that the MRO was able to see from orbit!




posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 06:06 AM
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Does water still flow across Mars? Dark, mysterious tracks hold clues




Perhaps the Red Planet’s dry equatorial region is still a little wetter than we thought. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered strange dark lines that vanish and reappear with the seasons, and scientists think they could be signs of salty water that may intermittently flow near the surface of Mars.

These recurring thin lines are typically less than 16 feet wide and can stretch for three quarters of a mile. They fade in cooler times and reappear in warmer ones – perhaps because in the warmer seasons or in direct sunlight the water would evaporate, leaving the salt marks behind. (Think of the sweat stains in clothing – those dark rings are the salt and minerals left from your sweat after the water has evaporated.)
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Here is a better written article about the discovery.



posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 06:14 AM
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Ha! I told so...
www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 06:15 AM
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Well that's cool!

I almost feel bad for making fun of the Mars rat threads, almost. Ok, that's just lie, but anything is possible I guess.



posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 06:18 AM
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zilebeliveunknown
Ha! I told so...
www.abovetopsecret.com...

I bet next time they will announce that they found evidence of salt water, following the discovery with evidence of seas on Mars and eventually oceans
Oh, and rain, hail, snow, fog and all agregate conditions of water



You hit the nail on the head!



posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 06:23 AM
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Here is a better picture of the features they are referring to:




posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 07:27 AM
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BomSquad
Here is a better picture of the features they are referring to:



Stupid question time!
Is there a chance the dark markings in that crater are shadows as the sun moves round ? Or different colo(u)r dust getting blown by Mars wind ?

I don't know the answer lol sorry



posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 07:46 AM
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If these were merely shadows, I think there would be additional long streaks from other high points around and in the crater. Those do not appear to be in evidence.



posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 07:48 AM
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Cheers Bom I'm no expert in this field was just throwing out a silly question



posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 09:42 AM
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BomSquad
Here is a better picture of the features they are referring to:




That could be liquid, or it could be landslides of fine silty soil.




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posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 10:09 AM
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It could, but the changes appear to be seasonal in nature. Seasonal landsides, while not impossible, would be an unlikely explanation, in my opinion.



posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 10:25 AM
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Puzzling Streaks On Mars May Be From Flowing Water



Dark seasonal streaks on slopes near the Martian equator may be a sign of flowing salt water on Mars, liquid runoff that melts and evaporates during the planet's warmer months, scientists say.

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted the dark streaks on Mars as they formed and grew in the planet's late spring and summer seasons, when the Martian equatorial region receives the most sunlight. The streaks then faded the next season as cooler temperatures prevailed.


Another good article regarding this new discovery.



posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 11:46 AM
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BomSquad
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It could, but the changes appear to be seasonal in nature. Seasonal landsides, while not impossible, would be an unlikely explanation, in my opinion.


Have they been observing this long enough to go through TWO cycles of seasons -- i.e., did they see it happen twice (once each during the same season two Mars years in a row)? That might indicate seasonality. I know the article mentions it happens when the sun strikes the slopes, but they did not specify if it happened seasonally at least twice (in two or more successive seasons) along THE SAME slopes.

I suppose the dark streaks could be a little bit of both water and silt. Many Mars researchers feel that there could be liquid ground water beneath the surface of Mars, and perhaps what we are seeing is a muddy flow.

The mud in the water would prevent it from sublimating/evaporating away right away, as plain water would do in the extremely low air pressures of Mars.

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posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 01:29 PM
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I see your point. One article I read did state that the observations were made over 2 years..but they didn't specify whether it was 2 Earth years or 2 Mars years. It would make a difference since a single Mars years is nearly 2 Earth years long.



posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 02:30 PM
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Here is another article that just came out on this:
Nature: Water seems to flow freely on Mars

Apparently they have found the streaks in a lot more places now, and that's why the new announcement came out. The Nature article includes a video of stills that are a lot more zoomed in and seem to show tracks created by water flowing. It's not a YouTube video, so I couldn't embed it, but you can see it at the link above.



posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 02:42 PM
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I find it a little..uhm..disappointing that we (Russians and USA) send up probes and missions to Mars SINCE THE 60s...and still all what we have is a "possible evidence" and not even conclusive proof whether life exists/existed or something essential as water.

So..after 50 years of missions...we STILL don't even know whether water flows on Mars? How many probes and landers do we have to send up (STILL) until we can get the basics, without having to use the word "possible"....
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posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 09:12 PM
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Scientists will always qualify their statements with "possible" until they have incontrovertible proof. That's just the way it is....

I'm surprised there isn't more interest in this discovery...things are pretty quiet.



posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 09:32 PM
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I'm still doubtful and think it's just dark sand trickling down. Sand flowing downslope can behave like a liquid.

Here's a similar occurence, in Mars' Hebes Chasma:

Looks like some dark liquid trickling down and pooling at the bottom, but closer inspection reveals that it's sand.


I'd wait for closer images and spectroscopic analysis before I can confidently accept the possibility that it's salty water.



posted on Dec, 12 2013 @ 01:28 AM
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zilebeliveunknown
Ha! I told so...
www.abovetopsecret.com...

No, you said ...

I bet next time they will announce that they found evidence of salt water, following the discovery with evidence of seas on Mars and eventually oceans %
Oh, and rain, hail, snow, fog and all agregate conditions of water.

You were incorrect. And if you think this discovery supports that then you have no understanding of this discovery. It's basically mud tracks made by extremely salty water that is melting at certain times of the year. No pools or puddles, no oceans.



posted on Dec, 12 2013 @ 06:56 AM
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I said:


I bet next time they will announce that they found evidence of salt water

NASA found evidence of salt water. Right?
Where do you see I was being wrong?

And the rest of my statement was more in a sarcastic manner, since NASA has been parroting about water on Mars for quite some time. But that doesn't necessarilly means there isn't liquid water on Mars, it's just they didn't found it yet. Liquid water has evaporated from the SURFACE, BUT what lies BENEATH we still don't know.

ETA: Oh, salty water flows on the surface of Mars
Water Flowing on Mars
Yes, it's seasonal, but it FLOWS!!!
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