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NASA says it will detail a "major science finding" about Mars today that solves a mystery about the Red Planet.
The findings will be released in a paper that will be published in the journal Nature Geoscience at 11 a.m. ET and is embargoed until then. CBC News will provide details at that time.
NASA will provide more information at a news conference that will be streamed live on CBC News starting at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Participants in the news conference will include three scientists who co-authored the new paper, along with NASA staff from the space agency's planetary science and Mars Exploration Program
NASA's news release about the upcoming 'major science finding' was accompanied by this image of a region of Mars called Terra Meridiani
Scientists have long known that there is frozen water at the poles of Mars, but have yet to find it in liquid form.
Any such discovery would raise the chances of life being able to be sustained on the Red Planet, as all life on Earth requires water.
Mr Ojha’s initial discovery involved using computer editing to review images of a crater on Mars, which had gullies that were thought to be remnants of historical water activity on the planet.
As part of the work he by 'accident' discovered changes in the appearance of the slope of the crater, with “finger-like” features that scientists said could be liquid, briny water....
...In December it discovered 'burps' of methane, which Nasa scientists said could indicate “life or evidence of ancient methane trapped which could show ancient life”....
What could it be? Any thoughts?
originally posted by: swanne
a reply to: Skywatcher2011
And now, to discuss the point you raised in your OP: in your opinion, is this Terra Meridiani a simple place-holding picture which was put in the article for nothing more than its good looks, or is Terra Meridiani indeed the site of the "major" discovery?
originally posted by: galaga
From the bottom scroll on my TV. It says NASA is going to announce the discovery of water on Mars. I'm watching Good Morning America.