NASA Confirms Water on Mars

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Andrew Colletti '17, Writer

 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, commonly known as NASA, has recently confirmed that liquid water is flowing on the planet Mars’ surface. The prospect of water existing on Mars has been around for some time, but not until September 28, 2015 was NASA able to confirm what they have “long suspected,” according to John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

Water is essential to life as we know it. That is why NASA’s confirmation that liquid water does exist on Mars only raises more questions about the possibility of extraterrestrial life right here in our own Milky Way Galaxy.

Furthermore, Mars is the most inhabitable planet in our solar system for humans. Take it from Matt Damon, who stars as an astronaut who finds himself with no other choice than to survive on the red planet when he is left for dead by his crew in the latest blockbuster movie, The Martian.

All jokes aside, NASA plans on launching a new robotic rover to explore Mars in 2020 with the possibility of extraterrestrial life well in mind. Will this entail the first discovery of life on other planets? Only time will tell.

 

Sources:

Willis, Dan. “2020 Mission Plans.” 2020 Mission Plans. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2015.
“NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today’s Mars.” NASA. NASA, n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2015.