As planetary geophysicist Kevin Lewis noted, "Mars wouldn't be almost this dusty if it wasn't for this one enormous deposit that is gradually eroding over time and polluting the planet".
As for the next order of business, the reservoir is mostly likely between -10 and -20 degrees C, so that leaves us with the questions: Can any form of life survive at these below freezing temperatures? And recently scientists analyzed from the 2012 data of MARSIS, a radar device on Mars Express, and found a small but extremely bright zone from the reflection of its sent electromagnetic waves. Mars, like many frontier areas of science, has a history of exciting findings - such as the discovery of flowing water on the surface in 2015 - that turn out to be explained mostly by something far more mundane: flowing dust.
MARSIS "then measures how the radio waves propagate and reflect back to the spacecraft", said the study.
The lead writer of the study, Roberto Orosei si and astrophysicist at National Institute of Astrophysics in Bologna and he cannot control his excitement.More news: Intel reveals 'data-centric' chip focus as results slow
A total of 29 sets of radar samplings showed a "very sharp change in its associated radar signal", allowing scientists to map the outlines of the lake.
Some oppositions brings us closer to Mars than others. The persistent storm has lasted for more than four months, which has caused trouble for the solar-powered Mars Opportunity rover. Hubble took advantage of this preferred configuration and imaged both planets to continue its long-standing observation of the outer planets in the Solar System.
Still, she said, there are microbes on Earth that have been able to adapt to environments like that.
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"It is odd that SHARAD can not confirm this discovery".
"This suggests that something unusual is going on here".
If you look up and to the south, you might see Saturn, too.
"Despite its glorious girth, northern observers will pay a price during this juicy Mars apparition", Sky & Telescope contributing editor Bob King said. "Follow the Water" has been one of the major goals of NASA's Mars program. Unfortunately, we're getting the short end of the stick on this one.More news: Longest Blood Red Moon Witnessed Friday for Two Hours
"On Earth, where there's water, there's life".
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