NASA-confirms-water-flowing-MarsNASA scientists, for the first time ever, have confirmed the possible existence of water on the planet Mars. This is a finding that adds up to the speculation of possible life forms on the alien planet.

On September 28, 2015 the director of NASA’s planetary division confirmed in his speech during the news conference the occurrence of flowing water streaks on mars. According to him; it is very exciting. We haven’t been able to answer the question, ‘does life exist beyond Earth?’ but following the water is a critical element of that ,we now have, I think, great opportunities in the right locations on Mars to thoroughly investigate that.

“The existence of water, even if it is very salty, gives rise to the possibility of possible life on Mars, that we can now describe how it might have survived in the arid planet,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA.

The water flows are confirmed using an imager aboard the Mars reconnaissance Orbiter by the NASA researcher after looking at the seasonal dark streaks on the surface that is long suspected to be associated with liquid water.

Deliquescence, a process in which the streaks absorb light at specific wavelengths associated with the chemical known to pull water from the planet’s surface was first discovered by a doctoral student Lujendra Ojha, who also discovered the streaks initially when still an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona in 2011. This chemical allows the water to stay in liquid form at lower temperatures and prevents it from boiling in the thin atmosphere of Mars.

It is still unclear where the water came from on the planet, but the possible sources could be deliquescence, melting surface ice or even a liquid water aquifer that feeds the process. The discovery of the source of water is still a mystery that is due resolution in the next round of investigation by NASA.

Nevertheless the discovery of possible water reserves on Mars is a very profound discovery that can lead to further discoveries of life forms on this planet.

About the author: Talha Manzoor is a business graduate who is working as a manager, brand management at Amaxza Digital. He occasionally writes about advancements in the mobile application development technology such as android and iPhone application development. He has a fun and frolic personality and he love to see the sights and explore new places.