Saturday, June 9, 2007

Water discovered on the surface of Mars!

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A new analysis of pictures taken by the exploration rover Opportunity reveals what appear to be small ponds of liquid water on the surface of Mars.

Along with fellow Lockheed engineer Daniel Lyddy, Levin used images from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's website. The resulting stereoscopic reconstructions, made from paired images from the Opportunity rover's twin cameras, show bluish features that look perfectly flat. The surfaces are so smooth that the computer could not find any surface details within those areas to match up between the two images.

The smoothness and transparency of the features could suggest either water or very clear ice, Levin says. He adds that highly briny water, as is probably found on Mars, could be stable even at much lower temperatures.

Source : space.newscientist

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